$10,000 worth of prizes will be on offer during this year’s Cania Dam Fishing Competition.
$10,000 worth of prizes will be on offer during this year’s Cania Dam Fishing Competition. Contributed

Social fun for North Burnett

WHETHER it's fishing competitions or horse racing that tickles your fancy, both will be on offer in the North Burnett in the coming weeks.

The Eidsvold Race Club is gearing up for its biggest event of the year which will be held next Saturday, February 25.

Club president Lyle Murray said the race would attract punters from all over the North Burnett, and a free bus service out to the track would be available for those who lived in Monto and Mundubbera.

"This is our one and only race meet of the year," he said.

Mr Murray said the racing crowd had improved considerably over the past four years and was expecting more than 300 to attend.

"For a small town like Eidsvold, that's a great crowd," he said.

"We're expecting a good turnout, especially with Black Caviar racing at Caulfield that day."

Mr Murray said there would be five local races, which would include four starters owned by local trainer Bob Murray.

"That's to try and generate local interest," he said.

Tickets for the race day cost $10 and $5 for pensioners.

Nominations for this year's Cania Dam Fishing Competition on March 10-11 are already overflowing, much like the dam itself.

Organiser John Mac- Elroy said the annual event was likely to attract about 400.

"The dam looks absolutely beautiful - it's overflowing," he said.

"There are people coming from Gladstone, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Emerald."

Mr MacElroy said there was more than $10,000 worth of prizes to be won during the day-and-a-half of fishing, including a boat, trailer and motor.

"We have prizes for best bass, silver perch, yellow belly and jewfish," he said.

He said there would be free camping at the oval, with full catering facilities available.

"All people have to bring is their boats, rods and fishing gear," he said.

To register, call Mr MacElroy on 0429 661 075.



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