Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) is making history by launching its inaugural carnival to showcase and connect the four greyhound racing cups in Gippsland.
For the first time, the Gippsland Carnival is allowing people to follow greyhounds across the four cups in Sale, Warragul, Cranbourne and Traralgon.
A Sprint and Distance Series have been created to connect the four legs with the champion greyhounds to be crowned at the Traralgon Cup in March, 2017.
GRV, which is the body responsible for promoting and controlling the sport in Victoria, is excited to further support the Gippsland region with the first event of its kind in Victoria.
The carnival will bring greyhound racing to the forefront this summer in what will essentially be the greyhound racing season in Gippsland.
In addition to the four cups, there will be 23 race meets a week in Victoria over the 17 week-long campaign, totaling 386.
The greyhound racing industry makes a substantial contribution of more than $300 million to the Victorian economy annually – both as a recreational pursuit and as an industry that employs more than 3000 people and generates millions of dollars in wagering.
There will be plenty of colour and movement for the whole family to enjoy during the Gippsland Carnival, including colourful greyhounds, colourful characters and colourful fun.
There will plenty to do in Turbo's Trackside Corner for the kids with the Turbo mascot, a jumping castle, face painting, balloon artist and complimentary Turbo Activity Bags.
The Cups will be a spectacular summer’s day out featuring some impressive entertainment such as an interactive big screen that allows you to race your very own greyhound and a live cover band.
Fashion enthusiasts will have the opportunity to frock up and model in a fashion show with a difference. Rather than glitz, glam and fascinators, the Colours on Course judges are looking for the most stylish representation of the colours and
patterns of the eight greyhounds by both the ladies and gents.
Those who register to show off their style in the flying colours of the greyhounds at the Sale Cup by Thursday 15 December will go in the draw to win a prize pack worth $500. A club voucher is up for grabs for the winner of both the women and men’s divisions at the first three cups with the winners vying for a prize pack worth $1,000 each at the Grand Final in Traralgon.
The carnival’s entertainment doesn’t stop there with food trucks to taste the colours of the world.
Those who register on the Gippsland Carnival website and get their passport stamped at two of the four cups go in the draw to win a family trip to Disneyland.
The Gippsland Carnival, which runs from December 2016 until March 2017, kicks off with the Sale Cup on Boxing Day.