Craig Wiggins and Bruce Taylor, co-organisers of the Farming Families Day at the Races

Farmers family day

by Ann van Engelen

As a way to help all types of rural families have time off the farm, the Ashburton Trotting Club are hosting the Farming Families Day at the Races on Sunday, July 14 starting at 11.30am.

“We saw a need last year for farmers to have the opportunity to do something inexpensive with their families before the busy calving season,” says co-organiser Craig Wiggins.

“The event was a great success and very much appreciated by everyone that attended.

“We have fantastic sponsors, and the feedback was amazing. There were lots of children enjoying themselves and adults were able to catch up with neighbours and friends as well as meet new people. It is a day for all types of farming families including sheep and beef, cropping, deer, pigs, dairy and any other type of farming.”

Various farming businesses provide items for spot prizes on the day.

“We have awesome prizes supplied and a mixture of interesting activities including skydivers, vintage cars on display, sulky races for the family and complimentary food, drinks and entertainment. There are losing tote ticket prizes so if you don’t win a race bet you can maybe win something else.

“We want to lift people’s spirits with a little bit of light entertainment mid-winter where they can sit around, watch some races and have some fun — no pressure.”

Rural Support Trust will be on-site for anyone wanting to have a chat about life on the farm, or any concerns they may have regarding themselves or a loved one and small health checks like blood pressure and heart rates will be available.

“The event at the Ashburton Racecourse is free to farming families; all you need to do is ensure you are a rural person. We will have our own area as it is still a race day and the track is open to urban people as well.” Check out the Farming Families Day at the Races Facebook page for more information.