Winning his sack race in leaps and bounds is Ji Thompson, 8, of Mudgee
Winning his sack race in leaps and bounds is Ji Thompson, 8, of Mudgee

Families flock to Red Rock

PERFECT New Year’s Day conditions prompted a big turnout for the annual Red Rock Picnic Race Day.

Toddlers through to adults were involved in sprints, sack races, three-legged events and a lolly scramble at Red Rock Reserve in the morning. Almost all competitors were awarded cash prizes between $1 and $2.

Action moved to the beach in the afternoon for a sand-modelling competition.

Organised by friends and members of the Clare family, the event is funded by the Red Rock Trust and has been running since the 1920s.

“It used to be a fair-type thing with stalls and all ... but insurance put an end to that,” said volunteer Wayne Clare.

“Most of the adults here have been coming to this most of their lives.

“All the kids get a prize – it doesn’t get any better than this.”

Mick McGarvie of Grafton won the men’s sprint, breaking a 19-year stranglehold on the event by the McClymont family, formerly of Grafton.



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