Great day assure at Geurie Picnics

A calcutta tonight will kick- start the 2013 Geurie Picnic races.

There's no guarantee about the weather but patrons are assured of a great day out at the once-a-year races tomorrow.

That's the view of club president Ray Fineran who has been working with a small committee to assure the meeting is another success.

"The Geurie Picnic Cup calcutta Friday night at the bowling club is an ideal way to start the weekend for us," Fineran said.

"Tickets are currently on sale at the club and the Mitchell Inn Hotel and I'd like to think we'll finish with a big pool.

"We'll have some free hot nibbles and finger food and a phantom race call, which is always interesting.

"Then on Saturday we'll head off to the races.

"There was a break of 10 years between race meetings at Geurie but now it's penciled in on the picnic racing calendar and the people just love coming to the town.

"In a small community it's not easy to attract sponsors for race meetings but we've been able to bring together total prize money of $12,000 to cover the five races and everything should be good.

"The nominations aren't all that bad with 50 horses, including 11 for the main race which is the cup.

"The off-course entertainment will be good with all sorts of things happening for the patrons and their children. Myself, Ross Paxton, Rosemary Jackson, Farren Hotham and Tim Moses are part of the organising team and it should be fabulous."

As you would expect the fashions on the field will be huge with several prize categories.

There will also be plenty on offer for the kids, including a jumping castle, face painting and novelty events between races - the latter sponsored by the Geurie Youth Club.

Fineran paid tribute to the business people at Geurie and around the district who have contributed to making the picnics successful.

"The Geurie Cup will be sponsored by Regional Auto Supplies but is also named to remember the contribution to racing in Geurie and the Central Districts Racing Association of the late Peggy Fulwood," he said.

"Also coming on board are Outwest Pumps and Irrigation, Carter, Lindsay and Webber Stock and Station Agents; Don McDonald woolbrokers; Don Chad Wool; hay merchant and racing man Mick Nestor; and Wayne Lunn, a prominent owner who is also a shearing contractor.

"Without these people and their businesses we wouldn't be able to provide the prize money needed to have the picnic races.

"We're indebted to them for their contributions and look forward to seeing them at the races on Saturday, along with their staff and family and friends."

The gates open at noon and admission prices are $15 for adults, $10 aged pensioners and children under 17 years free.

There will be a food and bars operating and no alcohol is to be brought into the racecourse.

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