Large Crowds Expected For 2017 Warracknabeal Cup

Large Crowds Expected For 2017 Warracknabeal Cup

Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

Easter Racing Set To Delight Families At Warracknabeal

Victor P Taffa

2017 Warracknabeal Cup will be bigger than ever this year, thanks to a funding boost of more than $77,000 supported by the Andrews Government.

“We’re proud to be supporting this event because it helps to support jobs and attract more tourists to the region.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.

State Government is providing more than $38,000 towards the event this Easter Saturday through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program.

Warracknabeal Racing Club is contributing almost $16,000 towards the event with Country Racing Victoria providing $8,000. The local community is also banding together to support the promotion by providing prizes, advertising and volunteer hours to the value of $15,000.

Families will be entertained throughout the day with live music, an Easter egg hunt, children’s sports activities and a jumping castle. The club will also host a ‘Fashions on the Field’ competition, with a prize pool of $4,500 provided by local businesses.

Warracknabeal Cup attracted 1,600 patrons last year, and the club is hoping to draw even larger crowds by linking with the annual Warracknabeal Easter ‘Y-Fest’ festival for the second year running.

“Warracknabeal Cup proved to be a great success last year and I’d encourage anyone visiting the Wimmera region this Easter to attend and enjoy a day of country racing.” Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said.

Y-Fest attracts visitors from across Victoria and includes a street parade, buskers and an art show. The Warracknabeal Cup is part of Country Racing Victoria’s Easter Campaign, which covers 13 race meetings in rural areas state-wide from 13 April to 25 April, 2017.

“This is our premier racing event and we’re excited to be hosting another fantastic Warracknabeal Cup.” Warracknabeal Racing Club Manager Lisa Inkster said.

“This race meeting wouldn’t be possible without the support we receive from the Victorian Government, and we are incredibly grateful for their contribution.”

Racing industry in the Wimmera region generates more than $37 Million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain more than 360 full-time equivalent jobs.