Racegoers in Mansfield are set to celebrate and get in the Melbourne Cup spirit thanks to a funding package worth more than $50,000.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced the Andrews Labor Government is kicking in more than $20,000 from its Victorian Racing Industry Fund to support the club’s race meeting on the first Tuesday in November.

This year, patrons can look forward to cheering on a quality field, whilst enjoying family entertainment geared towards capturing the Melbourne Cup day celebrations.

The funding will go towards a range of fun family activities including Kelly Sports, face painting and live music featuring Allan Cherry and Dennis Tucker. Patrons can also take advantage of early bird ticket discounts and complimentary shuttle bus service from Mansfield.

The Mansfield and District Racing Club is providing close to $26,000 towards the event with Country Racing Victoria kicking in $4,000.

Since December 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than $310,000 to support nine events and eight infrastructure projects at the Mansfield and District Racing Club.

The thoroughbred racing industry in regional Victoria generates $716.9 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain over 6,100 full time equivalent jobs.

Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“Congratulations to the Mansfield and District Racing Club for putting together a fun program of racing that captures the spirit of Cup Day celebrations.”

“Races like these are what make the Spring Racing Carnival so great. That’s why we’re getting on with backing them, so they continue to bring communities together to celebrate one of the biggest weekends on our racing calendar.”

 Quotes attributable to Mansfield District Racing Club President Leanne Backwell

“The Mansfield and District Racing Club is proud to put on this great event that taps in to the spirit of the biggest day of the Spring Racing carnival and we are grateful for the support of the Victorian Government.”