KEEPING SAFE: Hospitality and event manager CRJC Wayne Phillips pours out a Lemon Ruski, which is safe for Brionee Watters of Grafton who is severely allergic to some foods.
KEEPING SAFE: Hospitality and event manager CRJC Wayne Phillips pours out a Lemon Ruski, which is safe for Brionee Watters of Grafton who is severely allergic to some foods. Adam Hourigan

Allergies accounted for at Clarence River Jockey Club bars

GETTING a drink on Grafton Cup Day could be a life or death matter for a local girl who has discovered she has severe food allergies.

A few years ago Grafton's Brionee Watters was a pretty normal 26-year-old eating and drinking what she pleased.

But after she went into anaphylactic shock after a night out a couple of years ago, she found she had allergic reactions to a lot of different foods and even the smallest amount could bring on an attack.

"It's been a life-changing experience," she said.

But not always for the better as she has found when she goes out.

"Once, in Coffs, a waiter told me I could sit downstairs at the bar while my family ate their meals."

Brionee's experiences in Grafton have been more enlightened.

"Last year I was able to join in the Santa Crawl and the guys at the race track have been fantastic.

"I sent them an email to outline what needed to happen and they sent one back saying it would be fine."

Brionee will have two options when she heads to the bar tomorrow.

"I can drink Lemon Ruski or straight vodka - so it will be Lemon Ruski."

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CROWE HORWATH

RAMORNIE DAY

 $150,000 Crowe Horwath Ramornie Handicap (1200m)

 $50,000 Tursa Employment & Training Grafton Guineas (1600m)

 Buses to and from the racecourse

 Live music on WestLawn

 Gates open 10.30am

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Grafton District Services Club GRAFTON CUP DAY

 City's biggest social event

 $150,000 Grafton District Services Club Grafton Cup

 Grafton Shoppingworld Fashions on the Field

 Red Hot Hair BestDressed Lady

 Man to Man Best Dressed Gent

 Telstra Best DressedCouple

 Live music on WestLawn

 Gates open 10.30am

Friday, July 11

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Sunday, July 13

Maclean Bowling Club Maclean Cup

 Maclean Cup (1400m)

 Final day of the carnival

 Live music on the WestLawn

 Grafton Shoppingworld Kids Fashion events

 Target Kids Fashions on the Field



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