by Mick Doyle
THE Dalby Picnic Races are fast approaching, with organisers at Bunya Park Racecourse busily preparing for a day that promises to be full of colour and good fun.
This will be the 105th year of the Dalby Picnics, with organisers expecting a large crowd of more than 3500 racegoers at Bunya Park.
While the seven-race card will be at the forefront of people's minds, there is plenty of entertainment away from the track to keep everyone satisfied on April 29.
The Dalby Amateur Picnic Race Committee president, Jane Edwards, said the event had changed over its long existence.
"Dalby's early meetings were run over two consecutive days; horses must have started on the first day to be eligible to race on the second,” Mrs Edwards said.
"The social component of the weekend included a frantic round of dinner parties, a Calcutta, dinner dance and formal ball.
"Some things that have never changed include the excitement, community spirit and a great day of racing.”
The new format caters to people of all ages, with parties throughout the day for the more youthful racing fan, and a relaxed atmosphere for those wanting to enjoy the races.
"In order to cater for the large crowd expected at Bunya Park, several function areas will be available,” Mrs Edwards said.
"All-inclusive packages can be purchased, serving Brown Brothers wines and Carlton United beers, available in the Oakey Beef Finishing Post Marquee and the Home Straight Lounge on the day.
"For race-goers looking for a casual relaxed atmosphere, the Black Toyota Marquee is the perfect venue for large groups that want flexibility and a fabulous family friendly precinct.
"The all-inclusive party place for the younger race-going crowd is definitely going to be the Windsor Treehouse.”
Fashions on the Field, hosted by Dalby Shoppingworld, is always one of the more popular events on the day.
A total prize pool of $7500 will be on offer this year, with several categories for both the ladies and gentlemen to enter, including classic lady, contemporary fashion, best dressed couple, best headwear and best dressed gentleman.
The event will be a full TAB event, and shown on television Sky Racing Channel.
Tickets are currently on sale at Black Toyota, Dalby and can also be purchased on the Dalby Picnics website www.dalbypicnicraces. org.au.