AND THEY’RE RACING: Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott will be in a race to the finish on September 7 and so too will the thoroughbreds at Coutts Crossing Country Music Cup.
AND THEY’RE RACING: Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott will be in a race to the finish on September 7 and so too will the thoroughbreds at Coutts Crossing Country Music Cup. Elena Elisseeva

Big day for all

CALENDARS across the Valley will be chock-a-block come September 7, with events piling on top of one another.

The Coutts Crossing Country Music Cup Day falls on the same day as Gate to Plate which both clash with the Federal Election.

Clarence Valley Jockey Club chief executive Michael Beattie said while there wouldn't be ballot boxes in the grandstand, or how-to-vote cards stapled to your TAB tickets, there would be plenty of time to tackle all the day's events.

"I'm sure anybody who votes to come to the races will realise they've already picked a winner!" Mr Beattie said.

While he was a little disappointed, Mr Beattie was confident the club would still get a decent crowd.

"I do think it will have an unfortunate effect on crowd numbers and I am disappointed about that, but this year's Coutts Cup is going to be the biggest one we've had," Mr Beattie said.

"The only thing we hope will happen is that while people are out driving around to vote, that they'll come and see what's happening out here too."

Gate to Plate organiser Gai Pritchett said she was mildly disappointed with the date clash, but had no fears it would greatly interfere with the festi- val.

"People that are passionate about food and fun will just organise themselves and vote before or after the daily activities," Mrs Prichett said.

Lucky for you, Clarence Valley socialites, we've designed a sample itinerary to ensure you get to all of the events and don't get slapped with a fine for not voting.

1 - Find out how early the polling booths open and get there first up. Dodge people handing out how-to-vote cards and don't stop to smell the roses - you're in a rush.

2 - Get decked out in your country attire and head out the Coutts Crossing Country Music Cup Day. Gates open about 11.30am (anticipated). Or if you've got tickets to the Food Trails, you may have to leave the races until you return at 3pm.

3 - Gate to Plate Master Classes kick off at 4pm, so if you've been at the Food Trails all day, get to the races for an hour, and you'll be back in time for the classes. Or if you've been at the races all day, stroll over to the gallery just before 4pm with minutes to spare.

Easy as that.

* This itinerary was designed by a woman



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