Heading to Euroa for the first time, the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour stop will coincide with a huge family festival event.
Event organiser Ken King said the Euroa Spring Family Festival would feature food, wine and beer, free children’s activities, including face painting, mini golf, an Olympic-sized jumping castle and Milo cricket activities.
Also featuring two live bands during the day, the event will be jam-packed with things to see and do.
‘‘We want to turn Euroa into the hobby horse capital of Victoria, so we’ll have hobby horse races for all ages,’’ he said.
With stables providing silks for the races, the event is set to be a spectacle with prizes for the winners.
‘‘We hope to make this a marquee event for the district in the years to come,’’ Mr King said.
Strathbogie Shire is a major part of the Victorian thoroughbred and horse racing industry and Mr King said there would be trainers on hand as well as the cup visit.
‘‘The Emirates Melbourne Cup will arrive at noon for photo opportunities,’’ Mr King said.
The $200000 trophy has toured to rural, regional and metropolitan communities across Australia and New Zealand since 2003.
After visiting Nagambie for the past two years as well as Kyabram last year, it is Euroa’s turn to host the cup, before it moves onto Echuca on October 17.
‘‘Each year, the tour celebrates the heroes and stories intrinsically linked to the Victoria Racing Club’s 156-year old Melbourne Cup race and its contribution to the nation’s historical and cultural heritage,’’ the tour website read.
Mr King said the first 100 families to buy food and wine tickets would receive a free Emirates cap as part of the cup buzz.
The Euroa Spring Family Festival is on Sunday, October 15, from 11am to 4pm. The cup arrives at noon at Euroa Memorial Oval, Dunn St, Euroa.