THE action-packed annual Middlemount races are just around the corner.
Galloping into town on August 5 the day will feature a fantastic six-race program, family fun and a dachshund race.
City meets the country at the event which is a great family day out with free rides for the children including the dodgems, whizzer and jumping castle.
The Middlemount Race Club committee has gone the extra mile this year and added an extra race to the program.
Thanks to generous sponsors, the club has contributed an extra $12,000 to the money from Racing Queensland to encourage quality, maximum fields.
Patrons who buy pre-paid tickets for the botanical themed Marque Lounge Area can join the race-day sponsors and enjoy gourmet Asian finger food as well as drinks including cocktails from the private bar.
Lounge area tickets are limited and are available from Middlemount Newsagency.
The annual Dachshund Charity Race is always a crowd stopper at the end of the day.
Talk about the race that stops the nation - this is an event not to be missed. The dogs are auctioned for this race and money raised goes to the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue.
There will be something for everyone on the day with Fashions on the Field, a photo booth and an auction for a framed Winx lithograph.
The canteen and bar will operate all day. Entertainment will be provided between the races and there will be music until the bar closes.
Gates open at 11am and general admission on the day is $15 and $10 for children and pensioners.
A free bus will operate all day with pick-up points around town. The last bus will leave Rosewood Park Racetrack at 8pm.
Blaze Aide workers in the area have been offered free admittance to the event as a thank-you for their hard work.
Blaze Aide workers helped families in the Clarke Creek and Lotus Creek areas get back on track after the devastation from Cyclone Debbie earlier this year.