It has been a long three years for Tullibigeal Picnic Race Club, who will finally get their chance to race again on Saturday, March 27.
The club last raced in 2018, with their 2019 meeting washed out, meaning they held a phantom program without the actual racing going ahead.
2020 was a write off for most picnic clubs, including Tullibigeal, due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Still, an eager Tullibigeal Picnic Race Club is keen to get back into the swing of things in 2021.
“I think most people are looking for a reason to go out and socialise,” said Tullibigeal Picnic Race Club Secretary, Debbie Hickson.
“It has been tough; you get all sorted to do stuff and then you miss out. I know I am keen; this is my second year as secretary, and we haven’t had a race day yet.”
Hickson said the club had been well-supported, with sponsors more than willing to get back on board despite the Covid-19 pandemic and a leaner than usual period.
“We have been really lucky, 100% of them are back on board,” Hickson said.
“Everyone is back and sponsoring as if nothing has happened over the last two years, which is great because we need our sponsors.”
The Tulli races, which have become synonymous as a fun, family friendly meeting, does give back to the community too, and Hickson explained the races held a special place on the region’s social calendar.
“We have the Rotary Club and Can Assist there to help us with the barbeque and front gate, and we donate money to their cause, which goes further to helping the community,” Hickson said.
“I think the meeting enhances the community. It is something they can be proud of that they put together. We have people as far as Sydney and Wagga coming and it shows people what we can do when we put our minds together.
“And it is just a great day out for us and for everyone who attends.”
The meeting itself caters for all walks of life, with plenty on offer for the kids and adults.
“There is kid’s entertainment booked, fashions on the field, kid’s races, the golden gumboot race for the big kids and there will be a barbeque, pizza van and ice cream man,” Hickson said.
“We have bookies, bar and plenty on for the adults too.”
With the Tullibigeal Races getting closer, punters and racing fans are encouraged to pencil this once-in-a-lifetime meeting into their calendar.