It's race time once again in Mt Perry

RACE DAY: Leeanne McCoy and horse Tropical Heatwave at Mt Perry last year.
RACE DAY: Leeanne McCoy and horse Tropical Heatwave at Mt Perry last year. Adam McCleery

HORSE RACING: This Saturday, November 18 is the 2017 Mt Perry Country Race Meeting and North Burnett residents are encouraged to continue their long term support of country racing.

Mt Perry Race Club secretary Joy Jensen said the race meet had been putting a stronger focus on making the day more family friendly.

"We have a very strong emphasis on families and looking after them and making it as enjoyable a day as we can,” Jensen said.

Gates for the race day open at 11am with a noon registration and assembly for selection of finalists in the Fashions on the Field.

The centrepiece Sparkling High Tea Marquee will open at 1pm at $45 per person, just in time for the first race at 1.45pm.

The race day is a five race program with the last race, The Mount Perry Cup, scheduled for 4.30pm.

A unique tradition at the Mt Perry Races is also making a return - the jocks plate.

"Jocks begins just after the last race at 5pm, we don't even have to call them now. Everyone lines up,” Jensen said.

Along with the jocks plate will be the Gold Pan Discus event at 5.30pm.

Mt Perry general store owner Deb Charles came up with the gold pan discus throw after being inspired by the Dingo Races' unique Dingo Trap Throw.

"It was an idea to help keep people entertained and here longer,” she said.

"You have to throw the pan like a discus, not a frisbee or shot-put.

"You just throw it as hard and as far as you can.”

The event will run prior to the night's live entertainment.

Mt Perry offers a unique setting for country racing with the track nestled at the foot of a mountain.

"We have groups of people who use the event as an end of year break up like the Bundaberg Four Wheel Drive Club,” Jensen said.

"It's a perfect place for the end of year Christmas break-ups, we look after our patrons and repay their faith.

"It's all about promoting Mt Perry.”

The final judging for the fashions on the field is set for 1.50pm, nestled between two races.

A courtesy bus will be shuttling patrons to the track from the Mt Perry Post Office through the day.

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