It is considered Toowoomba’s biggest racing competition of the year with many travelers from across the state coming to experience the Audi Center Toowoomba Weetwood.
The historic event with more than 130 years in the making, overcame Covid-19 measures and restricted numbers in 2020, but has only flourished since with the reserved restaurant section which sold out in record time in 2021 and 2022.
Toowoomba Turf Club general manager Lizzy King said it was exciting to welcome crowds to the venue which placed third in the 2022 business section of The Chronicle’s garden competition.
She said the event had provided a “tremendous benefit” to the community, with an economic impact study in 2016 revealing the event was worth around $1.2 million.
“After being locked up for so long, people are spending more and getting treatment, so this year we’ll have people heading into the crowds to do the same poll,” Ms King said.
“People come here from out of town and they need a hotel room, they grab something for lunch, they head to the retailers to buy shoes and hats, so the wonderful impacts funds that this event brings are considerable.
“Having tickets available at the door is a wonderful luxury that we haven’t had in the last couple of years and we are delighted to have everyone here in our award winning gardens.”
Racing Minister Grace Grace said when the AFL Grand Final on Saturday Weetwood was “the place to be”.
“It’s great to be here at Clifford Park in Toowoomba and we look forward to a fantastic Weetwood Carnival,” she said.
“Racing is such an integral part of the Queensland country and (the state government is) very proud to support country racing and especially this great race today.
“Weetwood is like the grand finale of racing here on the Darling Downs.”
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