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Spectacular Carnival fun at Ballarat’s Bray Raceway

A new ‘Christmas Charity Carnival Spectacular’ has been confirmed for Ballarat’s Bray Raceway on Friday 28 November 2014.

Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay said the event, filled with exciting racing, activities and entertainment will be a great way for the whole family to spend a Friday night on the eve of the Christmas season.

“The Christmas Charity Carnival Spectacular’ is a wonderful initiative by the Ballarat and District Trotting Club. It is a great opportunity for Ballarat residents to have a lot of fun while also supporting the 3BA Christmas Appeal,” Mr Ramsay said.

“For the very first time, a show style carnival will be run on the in-field of the trotting track with carnival rides, dodgem cars, rock climbing walls and jumping castles among much, much more.

“The carnival rides will be charged at $1 per ride and proceeds will be donated by the Club to the 3BA Christmas appeal.

“Also on the night there will be live music, face painting, roving entertainers, the fantastic pony trots and plenty of giveaways for the young and old alike.

“And, of course, the hottest action will be on the track with the trotters and pacers strutting their stuff,” Mr Ramsay said.

Ballarat and District Trotting Club CEO, Paul Rowse said the club was excited to stage the ‘Christmas Charity Carnival Spectacular’ with all funds raised on the night going to the 3BA Christmas Appeal.

“Families on the night can enjoy the various carnival rides on the night whilst at the same time raising much needed funds for this very worthy cause,” Mr Rowse said.

“A wide spread of delectable dishes will also be available, including woodfire pizzas, gourmet sausages and baked potatoes,” he said.

The Victorian Coalition Government is providing $27,450 from the Raceday Attraction Program for the big night with the Ballarat and District Trotting Club contributing $24,270 and Harness Racing Victoria contributing a further $4,700.

Mr Ramsay the Raceday Attraction Program, derived from on-course wagering taxes, was focused on increasing attendances at race meetings.

“The Raceday Attraction Program aims to attract people back to the state’s racetracks and target new audiences through partnerships with the local community.”

For more information about the Carnival Night, contact the Ballarat and District Trotting Club on (03) 5335 9041 or visit

About the Author
Simon Ramsay was elected as a Liberal Member for Western Victoria Region at the 2010 Victorian State Election.

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