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Camel Races canned by rain

Gil Fairweather, Denis Kiely, Mick Shaw, Pat McKay, Cameron Millar and Leon Clothier at the Capella Cultural Centre.
Gil Fairweather, Denis Kiely, Mick Shaw, Pat McKay, Cameron Millar and Leon Clothier at the Capella Cultural Centre.

THE postponement of the iconic Capella Camel Cup Races has left organisers deflated, but optimistic of still being able to stage the event later this year.

Capella State High School P&C president Gaylene Everett said the decision was forced by the amount of rain which had fallen in the Highlands this week, and the threat of more to come.

“We’re really disappointed this has happened,” she said.

“We had people travelling from everywhere, an outback bus coming through from Longreach and people from Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Mackay… all over the place. There were so many people helping out and it’s sad for them too.”

Ms Everett said the P&C committee had worked tirelessly to organise the event, which it had taken on for the first time, and the outcome had left members gutted.

“The committee worked so hard on this,” she said.

“Everything was ordered, done. All the committee, Lisa, Julie, Sue, Amanda, and some people not even on the committee, to organise all this and then rain.”

A meeting will be held to canvas alternative dates and an announcement will soon be made.


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