Bush Flemington ready to race
RACING: Kumbia has hosted racing on Melbourne Cup day since 1970 and race club president Brian Lenihan hasn't missed a meeting.
This year is no different, with Lenihan and his fellow committee members working hard to welcome the people of the South Burnett through the gates on Tuesday.
The Kumbia races is the only live racing in the region on Melbourne Cup Day.
Lenihan said the club started racing on the day of the race that stops the nation because no other club wanted to race on the day and the decision has paid dividends.
The crowds at the races have grown since the first carnival, 48 years ago.
"It has been such a success and we have had it that long they never took it off us,” Lenihan said.
"Back in the day we had eight races a year, now we have one and we don't want to lose this day.”
The day will also be a celebration of 90 years of racing at Kumbia.
The Kumbia race track is in perfect condition, according to Racing Queensland representatives who inspected the track this week.
The recent rainfall is the welcome cause for the top racing conditions.
The Kumbia community will have a working bee on Saturday to finish repairs to the club facilities caused during the storm in early October.
The racing track is the home of the golf club so the club will need to put up the running rail and fences.
"A lot of fellas are coming to help and we get great help from the whole community,” Lenihan said.
Five races will be run on the day with an opportunity to watch the racing of the infamous cup.