Heat turning up for Melbourne Cup Day in Gympie
WITH the mercury heading for 34 degrees and a huge Melbourne Cup Day crowd expected trackside at the Gympie Turf Club, Gympie will be hot for the trots this afternoon.
Race fashionistas will be taking the temperature into account when choosing their outfits - broad-brimmed hats will no doubt be a great advantage.
Right on trend this year are the pinks, with fuchsia, baby pink, hot pink and salmon the colours of he season.
Hats and fascinators can make or break your outfit and finding the right headwear to fit the dress can be a challenge.
Many women opt to start with an accessory that speaks to them and work their outfit around that one statement headpiece.
Whichever way you go, today's Sullivan Livestock Melbourne Cup Day Harness Racing Carnival will be a day full of colour, excitement and national pride, so get yourself glammed up and trackside.
GYMPIE region will embrace the race that stops a nation today - and you can catch up on all the action at many locations.
AUSTRALIAN HOTEL: Enjoy the Melbourne Cup in style at the Australian Hotel, with a three-course lunch, sparkling wine on arrival, lucky door prizes, sweep stakes and full TAB facilities.
EMPIRE HOTEL: All the action starts from 10am, with Cup sweeps, lucky door draws and prizes for the Best Dressed Male, Female and Best Hat/Fascinator. The Empire also has full TAB facilities, open from 8am. GYMPIE
RSL CLUB: Perry "O" will entertain from 12noon and there will be lunch specials, sweeps and the big race live on the big screen. The courtesy bus will be running. to ensure you get home safely.
GYMPIE SHOWGROUNDS: First race in the Sullivan Livestock Melbourne Cup Day Harness Racing Carnival will kick off with the first local race at 1pm. Fashions on the field, will be hotly contested and there will bar and dining facilities, bookmakers and tote service, big screen cup viewing and the Little Haven VIP Lunch. The Little Haven Melbourne Cup Lunch is a gala event, and one of the biggest fundraising events on the Little Haven Palliative Care calendar. It features a two-course gourmet lunch, champagne and canapéson arrival, a fashion and hat parade, numerous raffles and sweeps. and all the excitement of the big race on a big screen TV.
JOCKEY CLUB: Pop into the Jock from 11.30am for a three-course lunch. where you can choose from three entrees, three mains and two dessert options. There will also be lucky door prizes, sweepstakes and prizes for best dressed. filly and stallion.
KANDANGA HOTEL: Country hospitality will be on show with a champagne Melbourne Cup Lunch, giveaways, prizes for the best dressed male and female, sweeps and one lucky patron from the calcutta on Sunday will take home the $5000 jackpot prize. Pop into the hotel to place your bets for the big screens on the touch screens, with their TAB facilities open from 9am.
RAILWAY HOTEL, IMBIL: Imbil locals can enjoy the Cup with Live entertainment from John Bailey, prizes for the best dressed and plenty of sweeps.
THEEBINE HOTEL: Celebrate the race that stops a nation with the Theebine Hotel Melbourne Cup luncheon. Live entertainment will be provided by Graeme Jensen and doors open 10.30am.
RAINBOW SPORTS AND REC CLUB: In addition to televising the race on the two big screens, patrons to the club can enjoy the Free photo booth, sweeps and novelty races on the bowling greens, prizes for best dressed. The theme for the day is Tradies at the Track, and a DJ will provide music.
SILKY OAK TEA GARDENS, KIA ORA: Enjoy a Chicken and Champagne Lunch in the relaxed atmosphere of the Gardens from noon. There will be plenty of laughs and a couple of sweeps, starting at 12pm.
SLEEPY LAGOON HOTEL, TIN CAN BAY: Get your prettiest thinking cap on for the Melbourne Cup celebrations at the Sleepy Lagoon. A racing quiz will be a highlight of the day, in addition to the raffles and sweeps. There will be prizes for the best dressed and best hat and the all you can eat buffet includes a free glass of bubbles.