Grassroots country racing will be the front runner at the Dederang Picnic Races this January, thanks to a $40,400 funding package supported by the Victorian Government.


Labor Upper House member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced the Government is providing almost $13,000 for the Saturday, January 7 event, courtesy of its Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program.


The Dederang Picnic Racing Club is also contributing more than $10,000 for the six-race program featuring the Milestone Dederang Cup and Country Racing Victoria is giving a further $17,500.


Racegoers will be treated to a range of trackside entertainment including the ‘Madman’s Mile’, where enthusiasts of all ages run a full lap of the course under race conditions.


Patrons will also have the chance to take part in a Tug-of-War challenge and the time honoured Fashions on the Field competition. Popular national radio show Off the Bench will also broadcast live from the racecourse.


Complimentary shuttle buses will be available from Albury, Bright, Mt Beauty, Myrtleford and Wodonga to ensure racegoers can get safely to and from the track.


The club is offering $20 family tickets to those who purchase online, and children will be entertained throughout the day with a range of organised sports activities and showbag giveaways.


The Dederang Picnic Races form part of Country Racing Victoria’s Kids Summer of Country Racing campaign, which covers 33 weekend and feature race meetings across regional Victoria.


The racing industry in the Ovens-Murray region generates more than $39 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain over 380 full-time equivalent jobs locally.


“Dederang celebrated 150 years of racing in 2015, and we’re proud to be backing them again this year to ensure that this fabulous tradition continues,” Ms Symes said.

The Dederang Picnic Races is grassroots racing at its finest, and helps to generate jobs and bring visitors to the state’s north east.”

Quotes attributable to Dederang Picnic Racing Club President Maurice Goonan

“We’re incredibly grateful to the government for supporting us to host the annual Dederang Picnic Races.”

“The race meeting marks the first Saturday of 2017, and we encourage locals and holiday-makers alike to start the New Year with a bang and head to the track for a great day out at the country races.”