THE date has changed but Brett Kitching is tipping that crowds will still back the popular Labour Day race meeting at Ipswich racetrack. | Ipswich Turf Club goes all out to create bumper day
Ipswich Turf Club goes all out to create bumper day | Sunshine Coast Daily
THE date has changed but Brett Kitching
is tipping that crowds will still back the popular Labour Day race meeting at Ipswich racetrack.
The crowd has steadily increased for the race meeting since it started six years ago, peaking with 3500 in May.
Questions were raised when the day was moved from the first Monday in May to the first Monday in October.
But Kitching, Ipswich Turf Club's shrewd general manager, said the club was offering even more attractions on Monday.
"We're doing it to try and attract all the sporting clubs," Kitching
"This weekend, before the race day, is a real sporting celebration with the NRL grand final the day before and Super Saturday at Randwick on the Saturday.
"And it's the end of the season in Ipswich for the winter sports, so it's a good day to come out and celebrate the public holiday."
But the primary aim of the Labour Day race day, the brain- child of Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller
, union leader Andrew Vickers and Brett Kitching
, is to give families a great day out.
"As we have every other year, we have free jumping castle, free face painting and free entry," Mr Kitching
said the club had also tried something different with marquees at the Labour Day meeting.
"Everyone who 'bought' an Ipswich Cup marquee in June, we handed them a half-price voucher for a marquee on Labour Day," he