Forbes ready to welcome camels

Camel Races committee members Deb Downey and Lee Marsh.The countdown to this year’s Good Friday Camel Races is now on.
Nanjing Night Net

With less than two weeks until the April 6 event, Good Friday Camel Races Secretary Lee Marsh and Publicity Officer Deb Downey said everything is on track for a great day out.

Looking to this years program Marsh said 26 camels are registered for the eight race program.

Cameleers will be travelling from Victoria, South Australia, Queeensland and NSW.

“It’s a really strong program,” Downey said.

“We are excited. We are expecting a bigger and better crowd.”

This year marks the 11th year of the Forbes Good Friday Camel Races.

Marsh said the event has grown so much that it is now considered to be a national annual event.

“It’s the only recognised racing meeting for NSW,” she said.

This year’s event has seen the off-track attractions grow with gopher races a new addition to the program.

Other favourites will be back with the RM Williams fashion parade, karate demonstration, peddle powered shearing demonstration, helicopter rides and sheep dog trials all locked in.

A raffle run during the day will give two lucky patrons a double pass for a free helicopter ride.

Children will be well catered for with an animal nursery, jumping castle, merry-go-round, spray tattooing, lolly drop and foot races.

Also booked for the races are stalls of home-made candles, children’s wear and jewellery.

“We have tried to source stall holders locally where we can,” Downey said.

Patrons are invited to participate in the ‘Most Appropriately Dressed’ competition, sponsored by Allure on Main.

Dress can be anything patrons deem to be appropriate to the event, Marsh said.

Entertainment will be by ‘The Battlers’, who will be performing during the day.

Marsh and Downey said there will be plenty of food available for race goers, with wood fired pizzas, sandwiches by the Forbes Railway Arts and Tourist Information Centre volunteers and fish and chips cooked by the Forbes Magpies.

CanAssist is the nominated charity for the Good Friday Camel Races and members of the Forbes branch will be out in force during the day, Downey said.

Tent sites are available for the event but no alcohol is to be brought on to the grounds.

A fully licensed bar will be operating during the event.

Charity sweeps will also be operating and will be run by the two Forbes Rotary Clubs.

Anyone looking to secure a souvenir can do so at the merchandise stall, operated by the Forbes Dragon Boat Club.

The cameleers are expected to start arriving at the end of this week with all cameleers to be in Forbes by Wednesday or Thursday the following week.

The community is encouraged to take advantage of the growing race meeting.

“There’s not many events where the adults are entertained and the children are entertained,” Downey said.

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