There will be plenty of horsepower on offer at the Hawea Picnic Races this year and a classic car display is to be included in the programme for the first time.
Club president Paul Cunningham said no-one could quite remember when the Hawea Picnic Races held their first meeting, but it was thought to be about 70 years ago.
“We think it started after the second World War.
“There’s a lot of people who don’t even know it exists.”
The event is one of only two picnic race meetings in New Zealand and trainers from as far away as Ashburton have travelled to previous year’s events.
Mr Cunningham said the laid-back event was a great family day out, with a pony club gymkhana held in the morning and races in the afternoon.
“It’s just a great wee day full of fun and entertainment.”
Races will include harness, gallops and trots under saddle, and the committee will accept entries on the day.
Mr Cunningham encouraged families to pack a picnic blanket and sunscreen and head to the event.
“It’s a family day that’s a bit of something for everyone.”
As well as a gymkhana, racing and car display, the event will feature a chocolate wheel, tug-of-war for all ages, raffles, a lolly scramble, a bouncy castle, ice creams and a barbecue.
The races will be held at the domain in Lake Hawea on Thursday, December 28.
The gymkhana will begin at 10am.
The event is cash only and children have free entry.