Yass Picnic Races will ride into town on Saturday, March 2

Yass is gearing up for its annual Picnic Races on Saturday, March 2. The gates to Marchmont Racecourse on Gums Lane, Yass will open at 10.30am for a 12.30pm race start.

Tickets are $25 at the gate and there are still a few spots available for marques, Yass Picnic Races committee member, Alanna Henderson said.

“It’s $250 to hire a site and then you bring your own shade, chairs, picnic and alcohol,” Mrs Henderon said. (Email yasspicnics@hotmail.com to book).

The Priceline Fashions on the Field will be judged by Margot Shannon, owner of the Merchant Campbell store.

Mrs Shannon said she will be looking for a touch of colour and coordination this year. The categories will include Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Man, Best Dressed Couple, Best Hat and Best Dressed Junior.

Prizes include vouchers to local businesses including Merchant Campbell, Yass Outdoor Sports and Camping, Bow and Arrow jumpers, cafes and more.

The organisers are hoping to get 1500 people along to the event, which is one of the oldest picnic races in the state, and a fun day out for all ages, Mrs Henderson said.

There will be a jumping castle and face painting for the children. 

There won’t be any alcohol served on the day, so everyone needs to bring their own, Mrs Henderson said. However, the Rotary Club of Yass will be cooking a barbecue and the Waffle-On Coffee Van will be available.

“Bring along your picnic, find a good spot and enjoy the races,” Mrs Henderson said.

There are six races in total, ranging from 900 to 1350 metres and about 10 bookies will be available to place bets with. 

The E J Merriman Ravensworth Cup is the main race and first took place at the Yass racecourse on March 5, 2011. The race has been shortened this year from 1400 to 1350 for safety reasons, but will still be a great race to watch, Mrs Henderson said.

The Club House Hotel will be running buses from town to the racecourse from the morning, until around 6pm.