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Something in the water with locals triumphant at Moonie

8 December 2015

The new 'BYO Yabbie Race' proved popular with an overwhelming response.

The new ‘BYO Yabbie Race’ proved popular with an overwhelming response.

The Moonie Sports Club swelled with over 450 people for the 10th Anniversary annual Moonie Yabbie Races held on Saturday 28 November 2015.

The event proved as popular as ever with families enjoying a jam packed program. Children were treated to a helicopter lolly drop, rides and face painting and there were plenty of prizes up for grabs with fashions on the field, raffles and, a poetry and photography competition.

  • This year the usual 6 race program saw the introduction of an additional race, the “Santos BYO Yabbie Race” encouraging racegoers to bring along their very own Yabbie. The response was impressive with 50 yabbies contesting for the win which included $200 in prize money, an automatic spot in the first race and the title of the “Santos Shuffler”;
  • Local girl Georgia Brown and her home grown Yabbie took out the prize. Their winning streak didn’t stop there with the pair going on to win the first race of the day with prize money totalling $1,500 and earning the duo a place in the finals. Although the pair didn’t place in the coveted ‘Moonie Cup Final’, Georgia and her Yabbie revelled in the returns of an early morning trip to the dam and a $10 entry fee;
  • Unfortunately, not all the punters were so lucky on the day yet this didn’t deter the crowds as they continued to celebrate their wins and commiserate their losses well into the night to the tune of ‘The Charlie Nolan Band’.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown said the annual event had historically proved to be a major fundraiser and was integral to the running of the local Sports Club.

“Council is proud to support unique events like the Moonie Yabbie Races through our Local Events and Sponsorship Program. This program provides Council the opportunity to assist local communities in enhancing art and cultural activities throughout the region,” he said.

“With Moonie being my hometown, this event is obviously very close to my heart. The races are a fantastic opportunity for the whole family to enjoy a day out and catch up with friends whilst supporting this close knit community.

“The heartening tale of young Georgia and her Yabbie is a great story to take home from a fantastic day out.”

For more information on Council’s Local Events and Sponsorship Program contact 1300 COUNCIL.

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