Nanua Picnic Races and Gymkhana is back in the pink

Broken Hill community charities will benefit from the up-coming Nanua Picnic Races taking place on the weekend of October 14 and 15 at the Kimberly Station racecourse.

In its seventy-seventh year, the race club has been, as have most organisations and events, on pause for the past two years due to Covid restrictions.

“The theme of the weekend is pink, but on Friday night we are asking everyone to dress up as pink as they can go, to raise money for the Broken Hill Breast Cancer Support Group,” said Martika Harrison, co secretary of the Nanua Race Club .

The club is expecting a good roll up for the event because of their absence. They normally attract up to 500 people they are expecting this number or more.

It is not the first time the event has been cancelled throughout its history, but in the past that has usually been due to weather and washouts.


Just 140km south of Broken Hill on the Mildura Road, the event attracts people from not only Broken Hill, but from as a far afield as the York and Ayre Peninsulas in South Australia.

There will, of course, be a full program of horse events, including open events for the adult riders, including barrel racing and flag bend racing.

“There are a lot of novelty events for the kids, there are footraces for the kids and adults, there is the tug of war and the throne races, where you pretty much run down the racecourse with a dunny on your back,” Ms Harrison said.

“This will be the biggest fund raiser of the weekend and it will feature karaoke hosted by our lovely Cass, the bar is fully stocked and ready to go.

“Some of the other charities to benefit from the weekend will be the Royal Flying Doctors Service, the toy library, legacy and a few others to try and divide it out through the community.

“There is plenty of camping available and even a few powered sites, with people often arriving Thursday night and staying through till Monday,” Ms Harrison said.

IMAGE: Des Kennedy,Martika ans Charlie Harrison and Mignonne Symonds PICTURE: Noel Fisher


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