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3 July, 2021

Over 5000 set to attend big event

GRASSTREE beach is set to light up again this weekend with the annual Grasstree beach races to be held on Sunday.

The races are expected to attract more than five thousand racers from throughout Queensland – and as they say in the greats, ‘the show must go on’ in spite of COVID-19 lockdowns in other regions and states.

Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson said the event’s go-ahead was assured, as long as the local region didn’t go into lockdown.

“This is a great event for the Mack- ay region and unless we are on lock down this weekend, this event will go ahead,” Cr Williamson said.

Grasstree beach organizer and member of Gum Valley Motorcycle Club Ann Hand has helped make the beach races a reality for the past five years.

“They started in Mackay in 1926 and this will be the 95th year of the event,” Ms Hand said.

“They started with some guys and some barrels on the beach. It all started as a fun day which has evolved from there.

“The event is the only one of its kind in Australia and one of the few in the world with more than 5000 people in attendance.

“So there are many people who can see why the event is so important to the sporting and racing community of Mackay.”

Ms Hand said the races would be a fantastic family day with quad bikes, junior riders, senior riders and street bikes on the beach.

Off the track there will also be rides and a mini Eat Street.

“There are very real concerns about covid, and we are on top of it and doing everything we can to make this happen,” Ms Hand said.

QR code scanners will be in place for the event and online ticketing is available for those planning to attend.

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