STAWELL - Excitement continues to build around Stawell's own spring carnival, which will feature three major events within the space of a week.
The carnival will kick off on Saturday, November 2, when the Beatles tribute band Rubber Soul will perform at the Stawell Racecourse.
Organiser Graeme Anyon has been busy taking bookings for the Saturday night show at the racecourse and said those who were still contemplating attending, should get in fast and order their tickets to make the most of the early bird price.
Early bird tickets for the Beatles tribute show are available at a cost of $35 per person, but this offer will expire this Friday. Tickets purchased after Friday will cost $40 per person.
Tickets for the show are available at Foster's Mensland in Main Street.
Mr Anyon said he was certain the band would create a fantastic atmosphere, particularly at the Stawell Racecourse and he is confident the event will generate a great deal of interest from the public.
"The tribute show at Warracknabeal just prior to our event has already been sold out," Mr Anyon said.
"That just goes to show how popular Rubber Soul is. I believe the Stawell Racecourse is the perfect venue for such an event and there will be a good time had by all."
Rubber Soul recreate the atmosphere and energy of a real 'live' Beatles concert. The band has toured internationally and nationally playing the hits everybody has come to know and love, such as She Loves You, Please Please Me, Day Tripper and other classics like Strawberry Fields, I am The Walrus, Get Back and Hey Jude.
The second major event that week is the Melbourne Cup Day races at Stawell.
This will be the first time the club has hosted a race meeting on Melbourne Cup Day and already some great entertainment and activities have been organised to compliment the races.
One of the major attractions will be the appearance of AFL footballer Ben McEvoy. The former St Kilda ruckman has just signed with reigning premier Hawthorn and has agreed to take part in various Auskick activities with youngsters throughout the day.
The club is also hosting a Melbourne Cup Day luncheon in the upstairs dining room. The luncheon costs just $65 per person and includes admission to the racecourse, a two course luncheon, race book and beverages throughout the afternoon.
Luncheon tickets have been selling fast due to the excellent value it represents, so anyone wishing to book a table of eight or make smaller bookings, will need to get in fast by phoning 0409 953 023.
Marquee and corporate package bookings are also being taken for the Melbourne Cup Day races, which will see six events run locally and all the Melbourne and interstate race meetings beamed live,
Other activities including free barbecues being cooked courtesy of QLS Logistics, temporary tattoos, a schools colouring competition, face painting and of course the many Auskick activities will ensure a great day out for patrons.
Mr Anyon said he looked forward to big crowds at both the Beatles tribute show and the Melbourne Cup Day races.
"Statistics show the Melbourne Cup weekend has the biggest movement of people outside of Easter and we have an opportunity here to capitalise on that," Mr Anyon said.
"It is a great opportunity for Stawell to capitalise on having visitors in our area and hosting three big events in the one week."
The third event for the week is the third annual Grampians Wildflower Ride on Sunday, November 10, starting and finishing at the Stawell Racecourse.
Mr Anyon said entries to date were on par with last year and he was looking forward to another record field taking part.
"We had 160 entries in the first ride and this grew to 240 last year, so if we can get up around the 240 to 300 mark, we will be very happy," he said.
The Mt William dash has become a popular part of the ride and Mr Anyon said this was certain to draw in a few more entries this year, with cyclists keen to challenge themselves.
Mr Anyon said everything pointed towards a spectacular Melbourne Cup week, all centred around the Stawell Racecourse and he encouraged the public to book now for the many exciting events and activities on offer throughout the week.