Cup excitement spills over to Lismore
THE Melbourne Cup is coming to Lismore, but there won't be any races.
Instead, the $175,000 18-carat gold trophy and unannounced "racing legends" will arrive in Lismore on August 29 as part of an extensive Melbourne Cup Tour.
The visit will stir up some excitement in Lismore's racing scene, with a gala dinner at Lismore Turf Club and a spring fashion fair at Lismore Shopping Square already announced.
Lismore City Council tourism co-ordinator Mitch Lowe said he would likely be one of many trying to give the historic cup a good rub.
"I don't think it'll be staying at my place though," he joked.
"We think it's fantastic to be one of 34 destinations that have the Melbourne Cup coming through on tour this year.
"It'll be great for the local community and a real boost for the racing community heading into the Lismore Cup in late September.
"We're looking at essentially having a school visit, going into community groups and having some activities in the city centre for people to come out and see the cup."
Mr Lowe said horse racing played a significant role in the region and he urged residents and businesses to get behind the visit.
The council also hopes the tour will draw attention to local landmarks, including Lismore city centre's Back Alley Gallery.
The tour's announcement yesterday at the turf club was attended by Mr Lowe, Lismore City Council events officer Leanne Clark and city centre manager Jason Mumford, along with Lismore Shopping Square's Mel Carrero and Lismore Turf Club's Scott Jones.
The cup will also be stopping off at Ballina and at Tweed Heads.