Faces of Dalby Picnic Races

Faces of Dalby Picnic Races


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Racegoers donned their finest attire for the Dalby Picnic Races, with more than 3000 people turning out at Bunya Park Racecourse for the 107th annual event.

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Racegoers donned their finest attire for the Dalby Picnic Races, with more than 3000 people turning out at Bunya Park Racecourse for the 107th annual event.

The race day kicked off the Big Skies Festival, a nine-day calendar of events celebrating the Western Downs region.

Dalby Amateur Picnic Race Club president Jane Edwards said it was a successful day, with a great crowd.

"Every year we improve and that's what we plan to keep doing," she said.

"We sold out of marquee spaces three days before the event .

"A lot of out of towners have come this year and of course there are a lot of Dalby residents as well.

"There's been a real buzz in the lead-up.

"The whole town benefits from it... the motels, the pubs, the takeaway shops and then women also spend on their makeup and spray tans.

"We source everything locally so that we are supporting the community."

In the eight-race program,'s main event the Dalby Picnics Open Cup Handicap 1400 metres, first over the line was Apoloboom, trained by Ben Currie.

There was also plenty to celebrate in terms of fashion, with judges Dale Olsson, Pia Du Pradal and Sharen Kenny saying there was a diverse range of beautiful fashions on display.

"I judge all over Queensland and I find country fashion to be very impressive," she said.

"You have fewer races than you do in Brisbane so women make a bigger effort."

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