PHOTO GALLERY: All the glam of a huge Warwick Picnic Races
MORE than 1500 race-goers jammed into Allman Park yesterday for the 124th running of the Warwick Picnic Races.
A huge day on the Warwick social calendar, the picnic races reached new heights yesterday according to Warwick Turf Club vice-president Peter Doyle.
"With a 1100 pre-sold tickets and easily a couple of hundred more through the gate, this event has exceeded all expectations this year,” he said.
"It just keeps getting bigger and bigger and this years attendance would have to be close to a record.
"We've almost run out of room to put everyone.
"And add to that the record nominations on the racetrack as well.”
Mr Doyle said the crowd had been in great spirits despite a chilly breeze throughout the day.
"It's such a relaxed atmosphere,” he said.
"Everyone is here with friends and family simply to have a great time.
"It's certainly become the event to be at, there's no doubt.
"I must say a huge thank you to all our sponsor for making it all possible.”
One of those sponsors and picnic races committee member Elders Warwick's Andrew Williams said the day had evolved over the years.
"This event has been going for well over 100 years and it's still hugely popular,” he said.
"The format is something a little different to your usual race day and the people love it.
"The event had its beginnings as a rural three-day race carnival and the younger generations of those rural families are still coming along today.
"The tradition has changed somewhat but it's still very strong.
"Locals just don't want to miss a day out like this.”
Mr Williams said he'd love to see more younger people join the committee to help with organisation of future events.
"A day like this takes a lot of individuals to pull it all together,” he said.
"We'd love to see some new faces step up and become a part of the team.
"The picnic races committee and the Warwick Turf Club have been working really well together and it shows with a event of this calibre.”
Sponsor Warwick Automotive was on board again for the 15th year running.
Dealer principal Chris Murphy said the picnic races were a perfect community event.
"There's a great atmosphere, a real family feel and a great opportunity to relax with your colleagues and staff and have a good time,” he said.
"We're proud to be a part of it all.”