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Summer events vital for tourism

TOURIST ATTRACTION: The Stanthorpe Races is great for our community and economy but only possible with the support of our local businesses who sponsor the event.
TOURIST ATTRACTION: The Stanthorpe Races is great for our community and economy but only possible with the support of our local businesses who sponsor the event. Amy Kadel

BIG events have always been a major drawcard for the Granite Belt.

With more than 13,000 visitors to the event, the Snowflakes in Stanthorpe festival hosted three successful days at the Showgrounds this year and our popular Apple and Grape Harvest Festival always attracts thousands of people to our region.

With these well-visited winter events come big advantages for our community and economy.

The Vines Motel and Cottages owner Jaclyn Slack said it was good to see more events planned for the summer months.

The 2017 Stanthorpe Cup race meeting is one such event and the colourful day is drawing closer with only nine days to go.

This year, Ms Slack said her motel had received more bookings for the weekend of the races than in past years.

"There's been more interest than there has been in the past five years,” she said.

Ms Slack said the 15-room motel was booked out by visitors for the Stanthorpe races.

While any events were good for the Granite Belt area, she would like to see more during summer to attract tourists in the quieter months.

She was grateful for the Stanthorpe races and the inaugural Johnny Cash Restival, to be held in November, which help her and others in town fill rooms.

"Because winter is when everyone wants to come to Stanthorpe, we need more summer events,” she said.

"But there seems to be more and more coming so that's good.”

Local businesses sponsoring big events like the races are vital,

The Stanthorpe Cup has had a great sponsor base for years.

One of the multiple sponsors that make the Stanthorpe races possible is Central Motors.

Owner Robert Reeves said Central Motors had been involved as a race-day sponsor for 20 years, including sponsoring the Stanthorpe Cup for 12 years.

"The Reeves family, from Central Motors, has always been involved and interested in racing,” Mr Reeves said.

"We have always been happy to be associated with the Stanthorpe Jockey Club.

"They've got a fantastic committee and hard-working volunteers.

"It's one of the major events in Stanthorpe and it's great to be part of it.”

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