‘FABULOUS ATMOSPHERE’: The setting for the Tabulam Races.
‘FABULOUS ATMOSPHERE’: The setting for the Tabulam Races. The Northern Star

Tabulam Races set to be the biggest yet

THIS year's Tabulam Races is set to be one of the biggest yet, with a record number of nominations to take part in five races.

Tabulam Racing Club secretary Milton King said organisers were expecting a crowd of about 2000 people on Saturday, with 500 of those being campers.

She said people would be coming from all over, including the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Grafton and Coffs Harbour, to take part in one of the country's oldest races.

"The Tabulam Races have been going for over 150 years so its been running a very long time," she said.

"The atmosphere is always fabulous."

Ms King said the club was "really pleased" with the record number of nominations in this year's race.

The event is a recognised Racing NSW event. There are local and interstate bookmakers, full TAB facilities, a licensed bar and food outlets.

The feature races are the Tenterfield Motor Inn Errol and Mary O'Driscoll Memorial Handicap and the Yulgilbar Station Sam Hordern Memorial Tabulam Cup.

Children's activities include the Byron Bay Kidz Klub with games and face-painting, Fun-Cars4Kids for the older kids and teenagers as well as a jumping castle, fairy floss and a snow cone van.

Families and friends can make a holiday of it, with free camping on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. There are hot showers and toilet facilities.

Ms King said many of the families and groups who came to the races use the two or three days of camping to make the most of the pristine Clarence River.

She said the first campers rolled in on Monday and many more were expected on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"A lot of them are family reunions," she said.

"The Tabulam Races are their annual get-together rather than Christmas."

Ms King said there was limited shade and seating and encouraged people to bring along their own.

Like any good race day, Fashions on the Field will be a highlight with prizes for best-dressed lady, gentleman, couple and kids.

Racegoers wanting pampering can sign up to the Meridian Property Group VIP Marquee which will have food and complimentary alcohol for $110, including race entry.

The Tabulam weather forecast for Saturday is mostly sunny, 29 degrees and a 90% chance of rain.

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