The 7 year itch was the only thing scratched at the recent Moonie Yabbie Races! A field of 48 purpose-bred yabbies raced in the Moonie Sports Club’s 7th annual Yabbie Races. Our seasoned yabbie handler, Trent Schutt, not only kept all the racing stock alive and kicking in the recent heatwave, but made sure they were all equitably treated so there would be no steward’s enquiry into possible ‘nobbling’! The Moonie Cup final race saw this year’s record price for a yabbie of $600, and the winner of the Cup was “Conway Classic”, owned by “Porn Moes & Pretty Girls”, and purchased by “Orange People” in the final. This being “Mo-vember”, many interestingly hirsute, suave and sophisticated (they tell us) male faces graced the event. Over 300 people attended from far & wide, including Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Melbourne & even Sweden this year.
The huge rock climbing wall and jumping castle with slide kept all the children busy and exercised at the same time! The Moonie State School P & C ran the afternoon tea catering, feeding a steady stream of attendees. Patsy Cameron (ticket number 226) was the lucky winner of the Glenmar Fuels raffle of $1000 and Mandy Mills (who slaved in the kitchen all day to feed us) won the Newport Mooloolaba holiday (ticket number 570) and now finds she has many, many friends who want to holiday with her! (Photos & bank account details to her asap so she can weed out potential holiday buddies please!)
First time Yabbie Racer, ‘Strange Dog’ (Mark Bergin) from the central coast of NSW played up a storm all night.
A bus was chartered from Toowoomba & Dalby for the first time and much interest was also shown from the many Goondiwindi attendees, so perhaps a bus may be chartered from there for the next event? Jane Woods, of Suede Shoes, Goondiwindi was guest judge for the highly contested and almost impossible to judge Fashions on the Field competition. One male entrant dusted off his (or his parent’s) light blue polyester Safari Suit for the event, looking cool amongst the dark suits! The Moonie Sports Club would sincerely like to thank all of our sponsors, whose generous support made it such a great fund raising day to keep the bush sports club running for all in the tiny community. The many hard working volunteers who made sure that if something needed to be done, it was, almost before anyone knew it was needed, are also to be sincerely thanked. Many hands do make light work.
Make sure you tune into the ABC radio tomorrow morning - Tuesday 20th November at 6:50am.
Listen for the Moonie Yabbie Races broadcast & interview between David Iliffe and Moonie local, Katie Baker.
If you haven't already booked your ticket on the Fun Bus - make sure you secure your seat soon at
BOOK THE BUS.
For $50 per return trip (including entry into the races), it's an easy AND sensible option to get to and from Dalby or Toowoomba.
Enjoy the party on the Fun Bus!!
The evening of the Moonie Yabbie Races is what everyone looks forward to... the party to celebrate or commiserate the winnings and losses!!
This year we are very pleased to announce Mark Bergin from the central coast of NSW will be coming to entertain us with his acoustic & electric guitar, harmonica and stomp box. Mark delivers an awesome live sound and will have you up dancing in no time!
Performing professionaly since he was 16, Mark has supported some of Australias biggest acts, including the DIVINYLS, Aussie Crawl and Goanna. Mark learnt stagecraft and the art of entertainment at an early age. Since then Mark has performed across Australia and overseas in duos bands and as a solo act, moving audiences with his songs and delivering a mixture of blues soul, folk, pop/rock.
On stage you will see Mark play acoustic / electric guitar harmonica and stomp