Early autumn in the Maranoa is celebrated at Bassett Park in traditional bush racing style with a glamorous ball (gowns and tux), a glistening race day (hats, frocks and ties) and a glass or two of fine ale or sparkling bubbles.
The Black Toyota Black Tie Ball, to be held at 6.30pm on Friday, 11 March has already sold out but you can still enjoy the Roma Picnic Races, Saturday, 12 March from 11am at Bassett Park, Roma. Admission starts from just $25 per person.
Highlights for 2016 include:
- McDonald’s Roma Fashions on the Field judging from 1.30pm
- HOT PROPERTY afternoon tea located in the Wool Court featuring Queensland artists and their works
- After race party kicking on from 6pm
- Originally the Picnics where named the “Campanui Picnic Races”
- The club was officially founded in February 1901
- The first race took place on 7 June 1901 and 70 horses competed in the event
- The Picnics were held at Camp Creek and then Hargreaves Paddock on Bungil Creek before being disbanded in the 1930s
- The Picnics were reinvented after World War II and held at the grounds at Mitchell Road until moving in 1969 to the current location at Bassett Park