THE inaugural Gawler Carnival of Cups (GCOC) was a resounding success, with organisers already busy planning next year’s event which will run from October 14-23.
The Cup days for the three racing codes this year attracted more than 3000 people despite COVID-19 restrictions being in place.
Next year’s Carnival promises to be bigger and better, with organisers reviewing lessons learnt and exploring new events for 2022.
GCOC Director Aaron Bain said the Carnival was now a firm fixture in SA’s racing and events calendar.
“We are really pleased with how the first Carnival came together and the support we received from the local racing and business community was very encouraging,” Bain said.
“Sponsorship from TAB and the Ahrens Group and our Gold, Silver and Community Supporters was critical to getting GCOC up and running and we can’ thank them enough for getting behind it.
“From the feedback we received, it is clear that there were several highlights during the Carnival, including the Gala Dinner and our GCOC Awards Program. They will definitely be back as part of next year’s program, along with several new events.
“The most rewarding aspect of the Carnival was the way in which the three Gawler racing codes worked together to shine the spotlight on the local racing industry.”