On Saturday 14th August, after many deliberations due to the pressure of CoVID 19, the committee hosted its 90th Annual Talwood Picnic Race Day. It’s hard to imagine what inspired the committee members in 1931 during the Great Depression years to start an inaugural picnic race meet. Did they just need a social outing to get the community together to share stories of sadness, hope and optimism? This foresight still benefits our community today. Our oldest member of the Race Committee is 84 and is currently overseeing his transition out of the Clerk of the Scales, a role he has proudly fulfilled for 60 years.  Col Mitchell, current president of the race club, in his address while presenting the Cup winner said ‘Our elder committee members Jim Montgomery, Bruce Webster, Janelle Webster, Tom Oliver, Geoff Phillips and Bill Oliver who are still active today have put in excess of 300 years to Talwood racing. These people are the glue of small communities’.

Back to 2021, with an attendance of over 500 people, the MacKenzies bar was well supported by a lively group of locals enjoying Talwood’s one social event of the year. The B&W Rural & Titan Ag Talwood Cup worth $9,750 was won by the horse Chamberlain backed by a winning duo of father and daughter. Mr Royce Connolly was the trainer from Kumbia and his daughter, Megan Connolly was the owner. Keeping it in the family was the theme of the day as Woods Group Fashions of the Field saw Caroline Jorgensen take out the Classic Lady prize and Sophia Jorgensen, her daughter, was awarded the Classic Child prize. The Nutrien Calcutta drew much attention as prize money of $3020 went up for grabs. The winner of the Calcutta horse was Megan Deshon and our Calcutta ticket winner was Two Dogs, aka our local supporter Clive Quartermaine. And at the crack of 5pm when the Qld NSW Border went into hard lockdown, Talwood Race goers were enjoying the twilight of the McGregor Gourlay Picnic Hut and gearing up for a night of live music and a homemade meal.

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