Photo: Yass Picnic Races 2020 Best Dressed Lady Finalists

The 121st Yass Picnic Races are set to take off on Saturday, February 26 after they were cancelled last year due to a COVID-19 spike across the state.

From 11am the outdoor event features six races across the day and the iconic best-dressed competitions.

Yass Picnic Race Club President Sam Longmore said it was very exciting this year since they were unable to host the event last year.

“Just hoping that the weather cooperates, and we can have a full race day,” she said.

Sam said the event usually averages about 1500 people and they come from all over, which is a part of the reason the committee voted to make the difficult decision to cancel the event last year.

“We put it to a vote and voted that it’d be the safest option to not run it for the year to save any kind of big outbreaks.”

Sam became the first female Yass Picnic Race Club President at the end of 2020 and due to the cancellation of last year’s event, if all goes well this year’s event will be her first official race meet in the role.

Racing fans can book their tickets online through the Yass Picnic Race Club Inc Facebook Page.

Tickets are $20 if you purchase them online or $25 at the gate. Children under 16 are free.

Sam said the Picnic Race Club was trying to encourage visitors to purchase their tickets and book marquee sites online.

Winner of Race 4, the Elders Yass – EJ Merriman Ravensworth Cup over 1350 metres – Mr Brent Evans.

Gates open at 11am and the first race is at about 12:30pm with the last starting at about 5:30pm.

The event is BYO alcohol and “full on picnic style”. Don’t forget to pack a picnic basket with drinks and nibbles or a picnic rug and chairs.

“Just come and set up your picnic and go from there, watch the races and have a bit of fun time,” Sam said.

Yass Rotary Club will hold a barbecue at the track, which they host every year if you have a craving for some hot food.

Sam added that the committee hope to have a food van with coffee and cold drinks.

The marquee sites are being booked up fast so grab a spot while you still can to ride out the day in comfort.

Don’t forget your fascinator and best hat because amongst the races the Best Dressed competition for men, women, couples and children will provide some more entertainment.

“Come along and let your hair down,” Sam said. “That’s my motto.”

“I think that’s important. Get together with your friends and let your hair down. In a nice outdoor event.”

By Brianna O’Rourke