Quintessential country races return

A day at the races is one of our great Kiwi summertime traditions.

The Interislander Summer Festival at Tauranga Racecourse on January 2 and February 5 guarantees grassroots racing action, live music and all-day children's entertainment for the perfect family day out.

Racing Tauranga spokesperson Abbie Davie says the annual festival keeps growing in popularity.

“The Interislander Summer Festival has carved out a loyal following in Tauranga during the last 11 years, and we're gearing up for another successful event.

“Whether you're a first-time punter, a young family, or a group of friends looking for a fun day in the sun, the Interislander Summer Festival caters to everyone.

“So gather up your friends and family, whip out your picnic blanket and your jandals, and prepare to relax while soaking up the summer sun.”

The festival features a full day of fantastic entertainment that's affordable for the whole family – it's free for children under 18 years old and tickets cost from $10 per adult.

Children will be spoilt for choice with the More FM Kids Go Racing area providing free activities for under 12s. Competitions, activities and goodie bags will keep the little ones entertained.

They'll also have the chance to design racing silks for World Driving Champion Dexter Dunn to wear when he defends his title at the 2017 Championships in Canada. The colouring competition winner will win a set of racing silks for themselves, presented by Dunn.

For a complete list of Summer Festival dates and locations, visit:theraces.co.nz



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