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Towards the end of the year, we don't seem to be as lucky when it comes to celebrating public holidays. The start of the year is generally chock-full of them, but as the year progresses, the highly anticipated days off get few and far between (until we reach the Christmas/ New Year period, of course).
While many Melbournians are lucky enough to get Melbourne Cup Day off, others (unless they work in Victoria's great capital city) are unlikely to.
That's why most Geelong residents love the fact that Geelong Cup Day warrants one of Geelong's only independent public holidays.
The racecourse will be teeming with over 20,000 racegoers this year
Even people who aren't generally interested in horseracing have something to be thankful for when the Geelong Racing Club's premier event is held each year at the racecourse in Breakwater. And for those who are interested in the multi-million dollar sport, then there's nothing better than attending the annual country precursor to the Melbourne Cup. This year the Centrebet Geelong Cup will be held on Wednesday 24 October, and while the horses that are racing will have obviously changed from those racing in previous years, it's safe to say that many things trackside will remain the same.
The Geelong Racing Club in Breakwater, where all the action will take place
You will still see fashionable women dressed in stunning frocks, fascinators, hats and heels, and men in dapper suits, strutting around on the grass and entering into the prestigious Fashions On The Field. You will still see the seedy-looking old men hanging around the betting ring and the bookies yelling at the tops of their voices to try and wrangle a few bets from drunk people hoping to win a few races. You will still see young men dressed in flamboyantly bright suits, and stumbling girls with dresses so short they may as well not be even wearing anything. You will still see people trying to sneak their way into the renowned Lamby's Birdcage (or any other marquee that has a reputation for hosting footy players, 'celebrities', or other people of interest).
The Cup is a great opportunity to dress up and mingle
The lines for the toilets will be huge, the smell of hot chips and dagwood dogs will permeate the air, the beer and champagne will be flowing, and you may not even catch sight of a horse in the whole time that you're there. But even with all of this happening around you, you will still be happy to know that you have the day off work, you're in the good company of your friends and family, and you're enjoying the fantastic atmosphere surrounding Victoria's most prestigious country race in the lead up to the Melbourne Cup.