Tegen Walker, Sally Newsome, Georgia Hooke, Alyce Keen and Bonnie McNeil, enjoying the races at Allman Park.
Tegen Walker, Sally Newsome, Georgia Hooke, Alyce Keen and Bonnie McNeil, enjoying the races at Allman Park. Diane Essery / Warwick Daily New

Picnic races lure lovelies

WARWICK Picnic Race Club president Helen Lewis rated the trip to Warwick by 60 young people in one group for Saturday's race meeting as one of the highlights of the day.

The 119th picnic races were held on Saturday at Allman Park and there were 300 guests in the Warwick Picnic Race Club marquee area as well as race regulars in the general admission area.

"We had people coming from New South Wales, Brisbane and other areas catching up at the picnics," Mrs Lewis said.

"It was a genuine meeting point for people who haven't seen each other for a long time.

"The sponsors really supported the day with additional guests, everyone had an enjoyable time."

"It was a pretty good race day considering the strong wind. A cold shower in the afternoon pushed everyone inside the marquee.

"They all settled into the marquee area to enjoy the rest of the afternoon."

She said the turf club which ran racing on the day was extremely helpful.

"We appreciate their efforts, in particular Kristen Doyle and Peter Campbell, who offered great support."

Brisbane band Sweet Souls entertained the crowd from 5.30pm to 9pm in the marquee areas at the racecourse.

"We had a gourmet barbecue with local lamb sausages provided by Sandy and Sally Smith," she said.

"It was a really good evening, everyone kicked on."

Mrs Lewis said the club planned special celebrations for the 120th anniversary next year.

"There will be a reunion for picnic racegoers from previous years," she said.

Anyone interested in being involved next year can email warwickpicnicraces@hotmail.com or talk to the club on Facebook.



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