Nanua Picnic Races galops into 78th year

Broken Hill RSL Club President, Des Kennedy, is getting ready to put on a different hat as the Nanua Picnic Race Club Chairman prepares to host the 78th gymkhana being held on Kimberley Station Racecourse.

Established in 1945, the Nanua Picnic Race Club holds an annual event on Kimberley Station Racecourse 140 kilometres from Broken Hill, attracting people from beyond our region for this popular family friendly gathering that raises money for local charities.

“The Nanua Picnic Races are well worth the drive,” said Mr Kennedy.

“Three of us vets [Vietnam Veterans] built the BilAnDes gate way back when it used to be a Legacy meeting, so I’m looking forward to being on the gate this year to welcome everyone for a family weekend that brings people together and raises money for good causes.”

Mr Kennedy invented the dunny race for a laugh so get ready to dodge water balloons.

“It’s just a good, fun weekend of community camping. We’ve got toilets and even a couple of hot showers these days. Each year we upgrade the site a little more to make it more comfortable for campers,” he said.

“We put on a range of races and activities to suit all ages. It’s a jam-packed schedule including karaoke on Friday night, a toy library for the kids, whip cracking, and the band Fire Bucket with full catering by Dogga Dare and a bar that opens from 10.30am.

“People come along the dirt roads from all directions – Morgan, Renmark, Yunta – there’s more people from out of town than from Broken Hill so it’s a great place to meet people from other regions.”

The Nanua Picnic Race Club will be held from Friday October 20 to Sunday October 22. Weekend admission $15 and includes access to rainwater and power. Kids under 16 are free. All meals are available for purchase from the Nanua Snack Bar and The Storeroom Stall.

For details visit the Nanua Picnic Race Club Facebook page

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