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At Kulin Bush Races 2021

A drizzly start to the day for our travels. We headed off early & were on the road before 7.15am. We passed a few salt lakes that were quite full for this time of year.
Although we left early we arrived at the entry gates just prior to 9am when the gates were due to open. However, we then waited in a queue for over an hour.
We were all waiting for the plane to fly over the Race Course to spray for mosquitoes. Unfortunately they decided that as the plane had no brakes & it was not allowed to take off. We were allowed into the racetrack to park up & were told at 5.30 pm we best lock ourselves in the caravan while the fogging took place by a fogger on the back of a ute. It eventually turned up around 6pm & looked like a jet engine spewing smoke out of it's rear end & smelt terrible. We did lock ourselves inside.

We found a lovely parking spot close to the race track and went for a walk around to explore the facilities before the crowds arrived. We parked our vehicle on the neighbouring spot as the Clark's came later that day. We set up a tent the following day on a vacant block as Di & Graham were coming that day & space was becoming a premium. Di & Graham drove in as the sun was setting. Just enough time to setup before the sun sank in the West.

Wednesday & Thursday night we had a communal fire at our patch. Ian got out our new Fireside portable popup fire pit bought from BCF weighing just 3.6 kilos.
It was a hit amongst all who sat by her. Clarke has a new one also, yet to be used, perhaps next time. A bargain at the moment for $99.99. It does have extras & ian thinks he will add to it when he has more pocket money in time.

Thursday we caught up with Farmer Andrew in Kulin for a coffee. He was on his way from Mundaring where he picked up a motorised log splitter which he was taking back to the farm.
We caught up with Linda & Harry on many occasions throughout the weekend.

Friday was also another day that we ventured to Kulin, this time to see the Quilt Fair & then tea & scones at the CWA. Due to the popularity of the scones we were told to take a walk & come back in 20 minutes whilst they baked more scones. That we did. We saw some new sculptures along the highway.

A highlight of Friday night was the auctioning & racing of the tin can horses. Money raised from this event goes to the Royal Flying Doctors.

Saturday was race day. As there was a record breaking crowd of 4,096 we decided to take the chairs trackside as the TAB was opening at 10am. Being an avid punter (he's never been inside a TAB in his life), luckily Ian got into the TAB queue early & was able to place our $2 for each race bets. We each had different horses in each race. Not long after, as the queues got longer, they reverted to the old system whereby you could only place a bet on the next race running. On raceday there were 7 races run & in one of the races, race 6, there was a horse named Bill. He had been scratched from race 1 because he needed new shoes. He was allowed to run in race 6. So we decided to do an extra bet. $2 each on Bill. Bill romped home so our $4 investment became $16. Overall we came out ahead with our betting.
There's always a good parade before the races, and the pipe band always is good value.
We didn't bet on the sheep race but that was exciting & we are sure some of those runners will be chops later.

One of the exciting moments for us is the Fireworks & after a lovely woodfired pizza we stood by a raging fire & watched the explosions in the sky before we strolled home for an early evening & pack up Sunday morning.

Coincidentally the tickets sold out with a day for the 2021 Bush Races. Deborah secured ours online just after midnight as they became available for sale. Hot tip here is to go onto the website & register. You will be sent an email informing you when the tickets become available for sale. Sit up & secure them early. Wishing all Good luck. Perhaps we might see you in 2022 @ Kulin. Plan to arrive Wednesday early to secure a great spot.

Posted by iandeborah 12:01

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Another great and fun adventure

by Sally

Sounds like you had a great time. A fire in the evening is always good.

by Chris Riley

We agree it was a great weekend Deb and Ian, good country hospitality. Nice to catch up with you both there.

by Linda Keri de Vries

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