ORANGE Picnic Races president Ben O’Halloran is expecting a bumper crowd for Saturday’s picnic races at Towac Park.
Mr O’Halloran is predicting racegoers and socialites alike will venture out to Towac Park in their droves, with as many as 2500 tipped to get their backsides trackside on the more visitor-friendly Saturday afternoon.
“Last year we were on the long weekend and that affected numbers a little bit, but we’re hoping to be up around the 2000 mark again this year,” Mr O’Halloran enthused, adding a crowd of 2500 wouldn’t be a surprise.
“It’s a social event more than a race day,” he continued.
“We set up lots of marques around the place because we have plenty of people come from around the region. We’re expecting a big day for everyone.”
With a warm 34 degrees predicted for Saturday, Mr O’Halloran is tipping the Millamolong lounge area to be a popular attraction.
He also urged people to be sun smart.
To help in that endeavour, a make-up tent will be set up at Towac Park on Saturday afternoon, with the odd touch hand massage on offer as well as sunscreen.
Fashions on the field is also another big attraction.
“We’ll have judges on the day going around picking people out from the crowd to be part of our fashions on the field,” Mr O’Halloran said.
“It’s a big day. We’re running buses back into Orange after the last race finishes, which will be about 5.30pm.”
The Central Western Daily will also be trackside at Towac Park photographing racegoers in their most stylish dresses and suits for the 2014 Orange Picnic Races McDonald’s Hot 100.
Photos of the best-dressed 100 people will appear in a gallery online - where the most popular will win a $400 pre-paid credit card courtesy of McDonald's Orange - as well as in the newspaper.