Ewan Amature Turf Club (EATC) is gearing up for an action packed weekend for the whole family, as it prepares to host the annual Ewan Races on September 21 to 23.
EATC was the last professional, grass fed race meeting operating in Queensland until 2015, when the continued drought conditions forced the club to change to corn fed.
Despite the change in format this event remains a huge success continuing its racing history today.
Celebrating Country Racing’s Heritage, EATC is a date claimer for many socialites across North Queensland every year.
EATC secretary, Stacey Kirkwood, said people travelled from all over the region to attend the event, from as far as Atherton Tablelands and Cloncurry.
“It is a major race day for the Charters Towers and Townsville districts and a fabulous event for the community,” she said.
“As many as 1500 to 2000 people come through the gate each year for our 10 race meet (five races on Friday and Saturday) and social experience.
“Both young and old enjoy this event each year and it is really a family affair.”
Starting on Thursday, the turf club will start their social calendar with a children’s fancy dress, games and disco at 6pm before a Meet and Greet Cabaret will commence at 6.30pm.
On Friday the Calcutta will begin at 10.30am before the Friday Family Raceday and children Fashions on the Field commences at 1pm.
At 9am on Saturday the annual fun run will start the day, followed by Calcutta at 10.30am and Super Raceday and adult Fashions on the Field at 1pm. An auction will commence at 5pm with all proceeds being donated the the turf club.
Every night will see live entertainment from Careless, continuing the event until early hours of the morning.
Interested attendees can find information on gate membership, camping and facilities online at the Ewan Amature Turf Club website.