Fashions on the field at last year's Eidsvold races.
Fashions on the field at last year's Eidsvold races. Mackenzie Colahan

Punters eager for running of 132nd Eidsvold Cup

PLACE your bets and don your best threads, the Eidsvold race weekend is galloping closer, starting on October 5.

From 11.30am on the Saturday, punters will be treated to a myriad of entertainment, food, fashion, and family fun at the stellar event.

Five races will be run on the day, including the prestigious Eidsvold Cup being the signature silverware the trainers and teams compete for.

Launched in 1887, the Eidsvold Cup has been a staple for the community more than 130 years.

Eidsvold Race Club's promotions officer Annie Connolly said it would be a key moment in the Cup's history,

"We've been able to add improvements this year for the 132nd instalment of the Eidsvold cup," Ms Connolly said.

"Through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, we've been able to add new toilet facilities, which are being constructed by Possco Builders."

The club has been able fund more improvements as well, including a new stage for fashions on the fields built by committee members, replacing the outside running rail for the running track and extending the camping area along the home straight.

Being a great day out for the whole family, the club is offering free camping for the racing weekend, with running water, power and hot showers all available to those who wish to stay after the festivities.

RACE WEEKEND: Racing action will be back in Eidsvold
RACE WEEKEND: Racing action will be back in Eidsvold Mackenzie Colahan

The catering will leave punters delighted as community organisations and local eateries set up shop for the duration.

These food options are courtesy of the Eidsvold Lions, Eidsvold Boxing Club, and Cravings Coffee and Ice Cream.

The Mundubbera Motel will then be catering from 4pm-9pm, offering a gluttony of options for hungry racegoers.

Ranging from crispy potato wedges with sweet chilli and sour cream, delightful arancini balls with garlic pesto aioli and pesto, to sweet and crispy churros with chocolate dipping sauce, this and more will be available.

Fashions on the field will be a staple at this year's event and Ms Connolly is excited to see the interpretation of the event's theme, 'Shine Bright'.

"We're expecting to see some hugely bright colours, sequins, all types of stuff for the first heat of the Best of the Burnett regional fashion competition," Ms Connolly said.

Running heats in conjunction with race clubs in Mount Perry, Monto, and Gayndah, the overall female and male winners will be treated to a paid trip to compete in Brisbane's fashions on the fields, so the stakes have never been higher.

Providing the soundtrack for the celebration this year will be none other than Brando's DJ Services, lighting up the racetrack with some certified dancefloor anthems.

With well over 500 patrons expecting to attend, Ms Connolly believes it's the people who truly make these country race days more exceptional than any others.

"It's the laid back, more relaxed attitude from the racegoers that makes this day so unique," Ms Connolly said.

"With there only being one race day a year for Eidsvold, it gives families and friends a chance to catch up, and appreciate the competition, fashion and the spirit of the community we have."

Free buses will be running on the day from Eidsvold on the day, departing Apex Park at 11.30am, 12pm, and 12.30pm, with shuttles returning after the last race until late into the evening.

The same services sponsored by The Royal Hotel and Landmark Mundubbera will be running from The Royal Hotel in Mundubbera at 12.30pm and the Mundubbera Motel at 12.35pm, with departure times from the track at 6.00pm and 9.00pm.

Bookings for buses from Mundubbera can be made on 4165 4204.

Tickets can be bought at the race club on the day, starting from $10 for punters, with discounted tickets offered for pensioners and children attending.


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