The Annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour will be showcased in two locations within Echuca on Friday, 30 September and Saturday, 1 October.
Campaspe Shire Mayor Chrissy Weller said Council are excited to host an afternoon of family fun centred around the Cup.
“On the Friday, when the Cup comes to town, Hopwood Gardens will be abuzz with pony rides, face painting, a selection of racing themed activities including sack races, egg and spoon races, and lots of other games for the kids.
“Two time winning jockey of the Melbourne Cup and 7 Sport mounted interviewer John Letts will be part of the formalities on the day, along with award winning homegrown Echuca trainer Gwenda Johnstone.
“You can experience a piece of Australian history, and of course, get the kids involved in these free school holiday activities. Activities will be running from 1.30 – 3.30pm.
“Super class Southern 80 boat ‘Sapphire’ will also be joining in the celebrations, although unfortunately with the high river levels, won’t be taking to the water.
“A floral arbour will provide a beautiful background for any photos people wish to have with the Cup.”
On Saturday, 1 October, the Cup will venture to the Aquatic Reserve for the Echuca Farmer’s Market at 8.30am.
Mayor Weller said one lucky community member would be involved in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the Cup.
“You can go in the draw to win a unique prize thanks to a competition running on Council’s Facebook page.
“John Letts and our lucky winner will cruise the streets of Echuca Moama in Flash Fairlane’s red convertible Fairlane, holding the Melbourne Cup.
“You’ll be featured in photos and promotional material right across the country.”
Go to Council’s Facebook page and place your comment on the competition post to enter.
“It’s not every day that you get to have a photo with the Melbourne Cup,” Mayor Weller said.
“I encourage the community to make the most of this amazing experience and join us in welcoming the Melbourne Cup Tour to Echuca.”