It may be too hot for the traditional Fashions on the Field, but Tweed Tourism is asking racegoers to go crazy with their headwear for the Mad Hatter’s Competition being held as part of the annual Tweed Tourism Race Day on Sunday, January 3, at the Murwillumbah race track.

Tweed Tourism General Manager, Phil Villiers (pictured), is hoping the traditional country race meeting will attract a strong contingent of locals and visitors looking for a great value family day out during the holidays.

“We’ll have lots of tourists here who will probably be ready for a break from the beach and, at $10 per person, a day at the beautiful Murwillumbah racetrack would have to be the best-value day out available in the region,” said Mr Villiers.

“We’re also expecting to see plenty of local business owners and tourism operators coming out to catch up with friends, family and colleagues.”

The seven-race program will be a full TAB race meeting, broadcast through the TAB’s national radio network and on Sky Channel, as well as published in the major metropolitan newspapers Australia-wide.

“We’ve had tremendous support from industry groups such as the Kingscliff and Murwillumbah Chambers of Commerce and the new Seafood Discovery Trail, as well as major local businesses Twin Towns Clubs and Resorts, Centro Tweed and Tweed Coast Holiday Parks,” said Mr Villiers.

“As sponsors of individual races, this event gives them a fantastic opportunity to get local and national exposure for their businesses. And, of course, it also puts the spotlight on the Tweed region as a whole.

“We’ve also had support from many smaller local operators who have donated a swag of prizes for our Mad Hatter’s Competition and for the raffles we will be holding to raise money for the Murwillumbah Hospital.”

And there’ll be plenty of activities to keep the children happy, thanks to the Byron Bay Kidzclub and Jumpartyjump Castle.

Entry to the Tweed Tourism Race Day on Sunday, January 3, costs $10 per person or $8 for concession holders. Gates will open at 11.30am (NSW time)

Racegoers are welcome to bring their own picnic lunch (no BYO alcohol permitted) or buy food and beverages from the fully licensed venue onsite.

A courtesy bus will run from the Tweed Heads Visitor Information Centre in Wharf Street at a cost of $20 per person return. Phone Tweed Tourism on 07 5536 6737 for more information.