With the pandemic slowing down and another terrific season in the offing, NSW farmers are rejoicing across the state, and it is no surprise to see country clubs benefiting.
That is certainly the case as the Tomingley Picnic Race Club committee prepare to dust off their shoes ahead of their April 2 picnic meeting.
“We are having a cracking season. We have had two good years, and this is the start to another good year,” said Tomingley Picnic Race Club President Jason Hartin.
“2022 is shaping up to be a good year with high property prices and stock markets and a good season; this builds up people’s hopes, spirits and inspiration to socialise and look forward to the future.
“We have about $40,000 worth of sponsorship this year, and we have a girl doing a great job promoting the club, and businesses have really supported the meeting.”
Hartin is expecting a record crowd to walk through the gates on April 9, ensuring a good result for the small picnic club.
“I reckon we are going to have 1200 or more people there, which would be a record crowd,” Hartin said.
“We have an extra hour on the licence because of daylight savings, which means it will be a big day.
“Basically, if you have the chance, you should get down there on the Saturday for a good day out and the Cross Roads Hotel has a band on that night commencing at 8pm, and we want everyone to get back there after the races.”
Tomingley will also look to attract fashionistas from far and wide, with their fashions on the field boasting $5000 worth of prizes for a second year, and there are nine sections to compete in, including most outstanding mullet and moustache – two categories that will no doubt attract a lot of interest.
“We are putting on $5000 for our fashions on the fields. We have nine categories, and everyone can win something,” Hartin said.
In a massive day for the club and region, gates open at 11am with the first race set to jump at 1.30pm.
There will be fashions, bar facilities, canteen, food and a coffee fan and free children’s entertainment.
For the racing enthusiast, there is the Calcutta and auction on Friday night at the Cross Roads Hotel.
There is also the added interest of the $50,000 Picnic Champion Series, with horses able to earn points, while the $6000 Tomingley Picnic Cup will headline the six-race-card and the popular meeting where beautiful shoes meet dusty hooves.
For more information on the meeting, readers can click here.