Get ready to fly into Mt Perry’s race day
GREEN grass, aeroplanes, and horse racing will all be in attendance for the Mt Perry Races this year.
Gates will open at 10am for $10 entry on Saturday November 16, with it being one of the biggest days in the North Burnett's calendar.
Speaking with Mt Perry Race Club Secretary Joy Jensen, she believes this upcoming race day will have lots to offer visitors.
"We have five local races this year, being sponsored by loyal sponsors from Western Australia, New South Wales, and locally," Mrs Jensen said.
Burnett Livestock and Realty will be continuing their sponsorship of the Maiden Plate, running first on the day at 1.30pm.
Former director of Equigold Nick Giorgetta and Rum City Foods will sponsor races, while Evolution Mining sponsor the Cup Race.
RD Prior Plumbers will then sponsor the Burnett to the Valley feature race.
The raucous Jock's Plate and newly added Fillies Dash will be sponsored by Cr John Bowen and his wife Denise.
It'll be prizes galore for these races, with Kalki Moon Distillery and Ohana Winery sponsoring these.
Five bookmakers will be on course all day with Jud Whelan, providing the remote bookmakers stand in the catered marquee.
Fashions on the field will be a huge draw card this year, the theme being "spring inspired".
"We have an enormous amount of entries at the moment, with not just the ladies dressing up, but the gents and the children as well," Mrs Jensen said.
This will be the third round of judging for the exciting 'Best of the Burnett' competition, leading up to the final round at the Monto races in March 2020.
A variety of prizes will be up for grabs provided by Mt Perry, Gin Gin, and Bundaberg business houses.
There will be copious amounts of food and beverage available to all punters on the day, with satisfaction guaranteed.
"Food vendors will be providing a variety of options, including the barbecue and hot chip shed."
Kombi Keg will be on site again to provide refreshments for thirsty racegoers, providing products from Kalki Moon and Ohana winery on tap.
The ever popular Sparkling High Tea marquee has been a Mt Perry Races favourite for many years, gifting racegoers a piece of sophistication for $50 per person.
It will be a day for the entire family to enjoy, with children's rides and games sponsored by SRG Mining and Redpath Australis.
The Mt Perry Men's Shed will undertake gatekeeping duties, and Wontok Foundation will be running a soft drink canteen, having collection rights to all empty drink containers from the day.
Taking advantage of the abundant spring weather, free camping will be available which will include showers and toilets.
"It's the most beautiful camping spot underneath the mountain, it is very pretty indeed.
"Thankfully we've got some green grass too, providing a green track on the day."
There will be a treat for all aeronautic fans attending the races in November, with light aircraft landing in the middle of the racecourse.
"The Monduran Aero Club are expected to be landed prior to midday, and leaving after the races have finished."
Racegoers will be serenaded by the likes of Mark Lavender, sponsored by the East End Hotel.
Confessing that many racegoers will be seeing these races as an end of year break up, Mrs Jensen says there'll be many visitors from the surrounding areas.
"We get quite a number of busloads from Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, and Gin Gin areas, creating quite the party atmosphere.
"The Mt Perry races are quite different to other country races, we're very unique."
If you'd like to reserve a place in the Shade Marquee for the day or the Sparkling High Tea Marquee, you must contact Louise on 0428 517 069 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bookings are essential.