Mustering up support at the Flood Recovery Cup
GYMPIE Turf Club president Spencer Slatter is excited about Saturday's Flood Recovery Cup on the Southside.
He said the weather forecast was looking good and hopefully a large crowd would be on hand to take in all the fashion and atmosphere of the races as well as some of the best country music talent around.
The Gympie Music Muster has joined forces with the Gympie Turf Club to help raise funds for the flood appeal and are supplying three acts for entertainment after the race day.
Gympie Muster CEO James Dein said the Muster was providing all-girl band Dozzi, soloist Harmony James and Kelly's Heroes for entertainment.
He said the acts were all high quality and would put on a great show from 5 to 8pm for race goers.
Mr Slatter thanked Member for Gympie David Gibson who initiated the idea to help celebrate the floods being over and Gympie was back in business while raising money for the flood appeal along the way.
He said it was the first time the Gympie Races had two $10,000 races on the one day with Mary River Motor Inn 100 Club Cup and the Racing Queensland Sustain Series Benchmark 65 race.
"We have great support from Racing Queensland and the Gympie Music Muster as well as a number of corporate organisations," Mr Slatter said. "Racing Queensland have supplied an extra $4000 in prize money for the Sustain Series race in addition to other support in promoting the day.
"The Gympie Music Muster has generously offered to provide the entertainment for the after races party in the form of the Muster showcase."
He said the fashions of the field would be an added attraction.
The Gympie Turf Club will donate all gate takings to the flood appeal and hold other fundraisers
Racing Minister Steve Dickson said Racing Queensland Limited had committed an additional $4000 to boost prize money for the club's Country Sustain race as a result of recent floods.