The Redwood Carnival rolls into Maryborough this weekend for three days of top-notch trotting action.
It all begins on Friday with an eight-race program kicking off at 12.45pm before racing continues on Saturday and Sunday.
The on-track highlights will come on Sunday with the running of the time-honoured Group 1 Seelite Windows and Doors Redwood Classic for two-year-olds and the Group 1 Victoria Trotters Derby for three-year-olds.
Music lovers are well catered for throughout the carnival, with Australian country music legend James Blundell and rising star Courtney Conway entertaining patrons on Saturday night and Conway backing up with a performance on Sunday after the last race.
Friday night will see the annual Redwood Dinner Dance from 6.30pm featuring more live music, with overnight camping available for patrons from $10.
Racegoers can also secure a camping spot on the Saturday night, following Saturday’s six-race trots program.
Friday will see a Last Five Winners Jackpot of $500 up for grabs, with other prizes and giveaways for patrons throughout the day.
The first race on Saturday will be at 11am, with a courtesy bus to and from the Maryborough post office.
On Sunday a mammoth 10-race program will be run and won with the Group 1 Redwood Classic featuring some of the best up-and-coming two-year-old trotters from Australia and New Zealand.
The Derby meanwhile has also attracted a bumper field, with in-form filly Claudys Princess to start from pole for champion reinsman Gavin Lang.
Liberal candidate for Ripon Louise Staley said the three-day event was a great way to bring people together and attract them to Maryborough for a number of days.
"This event is a fun way to support local jobs, the local econony, local entertainers and the local racing industry," Ms Staley said.
"The Victorian Coalition Government's Raceday Attraction Program will provide $17,227 towards the event, with the Maryborough Harness Racing Club contributing $6479 and Harness Racing Victoria contributing $5832. In-kind donations totalling $4850 have also been provided through the club."
The Raceday Attraction Program, part of the Coalition Government's Victorian Racing Industry Fund, aims to attract people back to the state's racetracks and target new audiences through partnering with the local community.