GOOD TIMES: Looking forward to the Labour Day race meeting are (from left) Kayla Hewett, Ondreea Kitching, Andrew Spence and Jack Farrell.
GOOD TIMES: Looking forward to the Labour Day race meeting are (from left) Kayla Hewett, Ondreea Kitching, Andrew Spence and Jack Farrell. David Nielsen

Handmade Expo for Labour Day races

IPSWICH has found a way to make its Labour Day race meeting just that little bit more classy and cool.

The race meeting, on Monday, has grown over the years to be the second most popular - behind the Black Caviar-like Ipswich Cup day.

As they always do, Ipswich Turf Club has found way to improve on the family-friendly public holiday meeting at its Bundamba track.

As usual, there will be free entry for everyone thanks to the CFMEU, which includes free rides for the kids, free fairy floss, free face painting and a petting zoo.

The Handmade Expo will be operating at the track during the Labour Day meeting and there will be other 'adult' attractions.

"The Handmade Expo market has been coming here every month for six years; it was started up by Ipswich girls and they are very popular. They're normally here on the third Sunday of each month but for this meeting they're going to be in conjunction with us," Ipswich Turf Club general manager Brett Kitching said.

"It's a close fit to our family, fairground and marketplace race day. People can bring a rug and sit on the grass of the viewing terrace or, even better, buy a rug at the Handmade Expo."

There will be entertainment for everyone, the cordial Kitching promised, including live music with a band playing easy-listening music.

"We're also making up some cheese platters and we'll have some small bottles of wine - piccolos - so people can nibble on some cheese, sip some wine and watch the colourful excitement of live thoroughbred racing," Mr Kitching said.

"There's also food and beverages around the track and the tote and bookmakers if people want to place a bet of two."

Gates will open at 10am.



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