The 12th Annual Millmerran Sheep Races will once again be held at the local Showgrounds on the last Saturday in August, the 29th, with an exciting new twist! This year’s event has a Mexican theme, so dust off your sombrero and join the fiesta! Bring your family, friends and colleagues along to enjoy this fun family day out. Gates open at 11:00am with free entry, and it promises to be an action-packed, memorable day.
The Millmerran Sheep Races, proudly brought to you again this year by the Mill Inn Tavern, promises racing with a difference! We have a six-race meet commencing at 1:00pm, starting with the Knight’s Electrical Services classic. Following this will be races sponsored by Macquarie Wagyu, Glenmar Fuels, TL & SF Vary, CMEFU, and Scott Folker Plumbing and Gas. Buy your tickets at the Farm Fresh Beef Cuts betting arena, drawn from the Foodworks Millmerran ticket barrel, for your chance to win cash prizes. You can also purchase tickets to go in the draw to win a fantastic variety of prizes in our super-draw raffle, and this year’s Lucky Door Prize winner will be treated to a relaxing weekend away at Mooloolaba’s Newport Apartments.
The specially bred sheep, including favourites such as Ewe-Sain Bolt and Britney Shears, begin their race down the track at the SizeCo starting gate with their securely fitted teddy bear jockeys, battling it out to cross the ADL Equipment finish line first.
The day culminates with the Downer EDI Commodore Calcutta, where the first two place-getters from each race hoof it out in the final. The feverish pitch of expert race-caller Mark Droney and the enthusiastic cheering of the crowd make for an exciting photo finish.
Purchase an armband for the kids so they can enjoy a whole day of fun in the kids’ entertainment area. There will be an assortment of new entertainment options available, including the ever-popular laser skirmish, merry-go-round, giant slide, and the Batman Challenge inflatable castle. This year, entry to the popular animal nursery will be free, thanks to the generosity of Judd Bros. Contracting and St Joseph’s School. Millmerran IGA will provide free face painting and balloon art by Blossom the Clown.
Feed the family an outback BBQ expertly cooked by the Millmerran Lions Club, or choose from a variety of refreshments at the Shearers’ Kitchen. If you prefer the finer things in life, enjoy yourself by relaxing in the Millmerran Power Partners wine marquee. Socialise whilst sipping on a selection of wines, or experience a touch of Mexican with a margarita!
Back by popular demand this year is celebrity cook Lee Faulkner, who will again delight the crowd with his cooking demonstrations, sponsored by Carinloch Cabinets.
Explore new trends in the fashion parade, brought to you by local fashion house, Maylee Boutique. Be sure to come dressed in your racing best, as the Millmerran Power Fashions on the Field is hotly contested with great prizes to be won, including best dressed male and female, contemporary male and female, and best hat. Strike a pose in the Sheep Races photo booth, another exciting addition to this year’s event.
Also sure to entertain is the hilarious foot-race, the Toowoomba Solar Centre Welly Waddle, where contestants in colourful wellington boots race down a Mexican-inspired obstacle course with a full glass of beer. The winners, competing for prize money, are not necessarily first across the line…
The Millmerran Power Partners bar is open from 11:00am and the beer will flow until midnight. After the Downer Calcutta final, the sheep retire and you can stick around to enjoy dinner and drinks along with fantastic musical entertainment by a DJ, who is sure to get the party started!
Powered sites are available at the Showgrounds for caravans and campervans for a $15 fee (contact Jim Twidale on 0427957176). If you are keen for a more authentic camping experience, pitch a tent or roll out your swag for free. There will also be a courtesy bus running again this year.
The success of the Millmerran Sheep Races is owed to the dedicated band of volunteers who work tirelessly to coordinate this event, the generous support of our sponsors, and the attendance of race-goers who come from near and far to enjoy the hospitality that our small town has to offer.
All in all, the 2015 annual Millmerran Sheep Races promises to be a day to remember!
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