Cash giveaways, fashion parade, local entertainment, market stalls, dancers and horses are on the program for the arrival of the Emirates Melbourne Cup in the Burdekin on Saturday.
The Cup will be paraded through Ayr and Home Hill in a 1954 Convertible MG and escorted by four other vintage vehicles from the Burdekin Cruisers Car Club.
The parade will travel along Queen Street, Ayr, at 11am and along Eighth Avenue, Home Hill, at 11.30am.
Once the Aussie icon arrives at the Burdekin Race Club in Home Hill the celebrations will begin.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said excitement was building in the community in anticipation of the golden cup coming to the Burdekin.
“People are starting to get excited about seeing this year’s Cup at our little race course,” he said.
“I hope to see a lot of people lining the streets on Saturday to welcome the Cup to the Burdekin.
“It’s a great opportunity for residents to see this Aussie icon up close and if they come over to the Burdekin Race Club they could, for a gold coin donation, get a picture taken with it.”
Cup-winning jockey John Marshall also will be there to answer any questions from residents about the race that stops a nation.
Cr Lowis said there would be plenty of entertainment for families as well as five local races.
“There will be plenty of things for the whole family to enjoy including dance displays from Karen Healy Dancers, a free jumping castle and face painting for children, market stalls, a fashion parade from Tasha’s Top Shop and Katherine Falco Wearable Art, and the Home Hill Choral Society will perform as well,” he said.
“The Burdekin Race Club also has organised local entertainer Stephen Scuderi to perform into the evening.
“There’ll also 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.”
The Burdekin is one of 34 places across Australia and New Zealand chosen to host the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour this year.