The Burdekin caught the Melbourne Cup fever on Saturday with about 450 people turning out to see this year’s iconic trophy at the Burdekin Race Club.
Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis has hailed the 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour of the region a success.
“It was great to see so many people come out in support of this free event,” he said.
“People lined the street in Home Hill to see the Cup come through town on its way to the Burdekin Race Club.
“And then they lined up all afternoon to have their pictures taken with this Aussie icon.”
Cr Lowis said the feedback from the Victoria Racing Club and the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour representatives was very positive.
“They were very pleased with the support our community showed for this event and loved the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the Burdekin Race Club,” he said.
“I’m very proud of our community and the way it supported this event.
“We formed some great community partnerships for this event and I thank all who participated.
“The Burdekin was one of only 34 places in Australia and New Zealand to host this tour, which I think is a great honour.”
The Cup also visited the Lower Burdekin Home for the Aged in Home Hill before being driven through the streets of Ayr and Home Hill in a vintage MG.