Fashion proves fair bet
FASHION will be the ultimate statement this weekend as females and fillies frolic around the field in the latest season and race fashions.
That is right - the Warwick Picnic Races will be back at Allman Park this weekend for its 118th meeting.
Warwick Picnic Race Club president Helen Lewis said it was shaping up to be a great day.
"We have a bit of a different layout this year," Mrs Lewis said.
"There will be silent auctions, which are a new thing, in the marquee area, there will be the old favourite Fashions on the Field and the calcutta.
"We will also have a band and a gourmet sausage sizzle in the marquee area at night.
"It will be a really good day and hopefully the weather will be good too."
Mrs Lewis said following the success of previous years organisers were confident Saturday would produce a similar result.
"The day has changed somewhat from its original format but in the past we usually have 400-500 people and up to 700 one year," she said.
"This year we estimate we will get about 400 people.
"We encourage people to pack a picnic and bring a table and chairs and enjoy a picnic lunch.
"People have gone all out in the past with candelabras and white linen and I even saw a group with a glazed leg of ham one year."
Committee member Tina Macdonald said the races are popular with people in and out of town.
"It is one of the most dressed-up race days, along with the Warwick Cup," Mrs Macdonald said.
"It is because people come from such a long way."
Organisers have already planned in the event of rain.
"It will be a phantom race meet - if the horses don't race everything else will still go ahead," Mrs Lewis said.
Warwick Picnic Races
When: Saturday, 12pm.
Where: Allman Park, Victoria St, Warwick
Cost: General admission only via Turf Club entrance - $15, Marquee area with entertainment and events - $45.
We encourage people to pack a picnic and bring a table and chairs...