Bronwyn Hummer is ready for the Torbanlea races.
Bronwyn Hummer is ready for the Torbanlea races.

Torbanlea set to shine on race day

A CLOUD might be hanging over the weather this weekend, but organisers have assured punters it won't affect the popular Torbanlea Picnic Races.

Organising committee member Bradley Roderick said the event would go ahead rain, hail or shine.

“We are lucky at Torbanlea - the day is just as much about family fun as it is about picnic racing,” he said.

“Even if it's wet, it doesn't stop us having a great time.”

Mr Roderick's wife, Dianne, a fellow organiser, said it was common the annual event faced wet weather.

“It's never had a big effect on the day,” she said.

“We just have a spare pair of shoes on hand.”

She said the marquees would stretch from one end of the grounds to the other, “so there's plenty of protection from sun and showers”.

Torbanlea has managed to keep races running since 1890, through rain and drought.

This year organisers are thrilled with no dust expected on the day, after years of drought, which has meant it has been hard to keep the dust down.

The showers in recent weeks have meant the grass is already green.

Marquees are also already under construction for the weekend event.

“People who have attended the Torbanlea Annual Picnic Race day will know the rain has never stopped it yet,” Mr Roderick said.

“It just makes the tug of war a bit more challenging and fun.”

From Bundaberg to Gympie preparations are under way, with hats selling by the hundred.

And for some, preparations will mean an umbrella too.

Buses will bring visitors into the grounds and campsites are already filling up.

“We do know one thing,” Mr Roderick said.

“We've made sure we will never run out of beer again.”

The event will start at 9am with plenty of activities throughout the day.

Prizes will be up for grabs for fashions on the field and there will be plenty of novelty events and children's entertainment.

A woodchop, cross-cut saw and chainsaw racing exhibition will also be held.

For more information, email or call 0409 609 971.

Torbanlea races

  • The event will start at 9am.
  • A family pass is $15 or $5 per adult.

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