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Getting ready to welcome people to the Hawea Picnic Races at the Domain in Hawea Flat are (from left) Doug Brenssell, Paul Cunningham, Henry the horse and Gerry Shaw.

The annual event on December 28 has been running for more than 70 years and attracts up to 2000 people to Hawea Flat.

Family activities will include sack races and a bouncy castle plus there will be food stalls and a coffee cart.

Harness, gallops and the Hawea trotting cup will entertain the crowd.

The event was a major fundraiser, with thousands raised over the years for the local community, Mr Cunningham said. REPORT AND PHOTO: SIMON HENDERSON