Booze turned off for July carnival
THE 2009 July Racing Carnival will be an alcohol-free event, the result of a lack of sponsorship and a move by the Clarence River Jockey Club to curb anti-social behaviour.
The anti-social behaviour associated with overindulging in alcohol and underage drinking that occurs at the carnival was a major contributor to the change.
Police have fully supported the move, claiming that excess alcohol consumption at the July Racing Carnival presented a host of problems for officers.
The Clarence River Jockey Club is also supporting the modification as it hopes the change will encourage more people to attend the event with the whole family.
July Racing Carnival organisers realise that due to the change, some punters may not attend the event.
They hope, however, that the carnival has attractions besides alcohol and that attendance will not be affected as a result of the change.