The countdown is on for the arrival of the 18-carat gold Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy on the Barossa’s doorstep.
Barossa Council and the Angaston Community and Business Alliance (ACBA) will host a community fun day on Sunday October 11 to welcome the Cup on its 13th annual Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour.
Angaston Memorial Park and main street will be a hub of activity from midday to 3pm with attractions including family games, an art competition, kids entertainment, live music, horse racing personalities, food and drink stalls, history displays, demonstrations and bus tours to local horse studs.
People will also have a unique opportunity to be photographed with the treasured trophy.
Council Manager Community and Culture Kirsty Hage said there’s only six weeks to wait until the Cup arrives.
“Many of us will never get to Flemington, so this is a wonderful chance to experience the excitement and colour of the Melbourne Cup right here in the Barossa,” she said.
The Cup will also make an appearance at a local nursing home and will be used to raise money for the Barossa chapter of Riding for the Disabled.
ACBA chairperson Steve Falland said Angaston’s connection to horse racing made it a logical host town.
“Angaston is a town that is passionate about racing, but this event is far bigger than our town alone – this is a chance for the whole Barossa to be involved in this once-in-a-lifetime event,” he said.
This year people will also be encouraged to upload photos with the Cup to social media for the chance to win a trip for two to the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup. Competition entries must be tagged with #PeoplesCup and #EmiratesMelbourneCup to be valid.