The Burdekin is counting off the days until the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour arrives in Home Hill.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said the organising committee was locking in the final details for the celebrations at the Burdekin Race Club next Saturday (September 20).
“This is an exciting time for the Burdekin as we are just one of 34 places in Australia and New Zealand to host this year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour,” he said.
“Residents will have the chance to see this year’s Cup up close and talk with Cup-winning jockey John Marshall.
“We have also organised for the Cup to visit the Lower Burdekin Home for the Aged in Home Hill so our senior residents can have look at this iconic trophy.
“Home Hill businesses are being urged to dress their shop windows in a Melbourne Cup theme next week and as an incentive the Home Hill Chamber of Commerce has offered a $200 prize for the winner.
“Police will escort the Cup which is being transported in a 1901 Rio Convertible Ford Vintage Model T and four vintage vehicles from the Burdekin Cruisers Car Club along Queen Street, Ayr, and over to the Burdekin Race Club in Home Hill where the party will begin from noon.”
Cr Lowis said the free event was a chance for the whole family to enjoy a fun day together.
“There will be local races on and plenty of entertainment off the track as well,” he said.
“Jumping castles and face painting are free for children coming along and there also will be markets held as well.
“A fashion parade, dancers, local entertainers and the Home Hill Choral Society will add to the party atmosphere of the day.
“There’ll be raffles, $50 cash draws and of course there’ll be bookies on course for the local races, so everyone has a chance to be a winner.”