Families and holidaymakers travelling to the Grampians will be treated to a fantastic night of harness racing in Ararat this Easter, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.
A jumping castle, petting zoo and pony rides are just a few of the family-friendly attractions on offer at the Ararat Harness Racing Club meeting on Easter Saturday, 26 March 2016.
The Easter Bunny will make a surprise visit to the Russell T White Raceway, ensuring it will be a night to remember for the children.
Racegoers will be entertained with live music and the AFL showdown between the Sydney Swans and Collingwood will be broadcast live on the big screen.
Patrons will also have the chance to go in the draw for a camper trailer and supplies valued at almost $4000.
On the track, the racing highlights include the running of the Group 3 Renown Silverware Ararat Pacing Cup and the Clive Reid Memorial Ararat Trotters Cup, both run over 2570 metres.
The Government is providing more than $11,000 towards the $23,450 event, courtesy of its Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program.
Harness Racing Victoria, the club and sponsors are also jointly contributing more than $12,000.
The racing industry in the Western District generates more than $100 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain over 980 full-time equivalent jobs in the region.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
“The Andrews Labor Government is proud to support regional racing events, bringing local communities together and attracting valuable tourism to our regional cities and towns.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford
“Easter is a great time to visit the Grampians and the Ararat Harness Racing Club meeting on Easter Saturday provides a great night out with entertainment for the whole family.”
Quotes attributable to Ararat Harness Racing Club President Tony Bond
“We are extremely grateful to the Raceday Attraction Program and the Victorian Government for its support of the Ararat Pacing Cup and the Ararat Trotters Cup.”
“This will be a fantastic night of racing, and we encourage families and holidaymakers to come along and enjoy all the entertainment on offer, both on and off the track.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020