Friday, 11 August 2017. The ANZ Cairns Amateurs Ball this year celebrates the brilliant colours of the Great Barrier Reef, as the region’s pinnacle social event moves to a spectacular new waterfront venue along the city’s prized Esplanade.
Taking place on Friday, 1 September, the gala event marks the culmination of the iconic Carlton Mid Cairns Amateurs racing carnival with non-stop live entertainment by talented local acts and a sumptuous feast of pre-dinner canapés followed by fresh seafood, Mediterranean and Asian-inspired gourmet delights, decadent desserts, and premium beverages.
In 2017, the Ball will be staged within a glamorous marquee situated on the Eastern Event Lawn of Cairns’ pristine Esplanade, with a stunning fireworks display lighting up the calm waters of Trinity Inlet to conclude this very memorable evening.
With the prestigious event just weeks away, the city’s glitterati are putting final touches on red-carpet ensembles carefully selected to reflect the Ball’s theme, ‘Colours of the Reef’, while being mindful of the Ball’s strictly black-tie dress code.
The highly anticipated annual soiree will see Cairns’ social set rub shoulders with the who’s who of racing royalty from the Far North and beyond, as they dance the night away to a seamless assortment of colourful live music.
Cairns Amateurs CEO Graham Thornton said hosting the Ball at the exciting new waterfront venue firmly positioned the city as the epicentre of social activity, while the event’s theming enhanced Cairns Amateurs’ destinational branding, ‘Racing on the Great Barrier Reef’, unveiled in 2016.
“The Amateurs Ball has always been a highlight of the region’s annual social calendar, but this year our guests can expect an extravaganza of colour like never before, as we pay tribute to our location as the Gateway of the Great Barrier Reef,” Mr Thornton said.
“We invite guests to dress in their finest and most vibrant of frocks to bring a splash of colour to this prestigious black-tie event, as Amateurs acknowledges the importance of the Great Barrier Reef as a tourism drawcard and, most importantly, its preservation.”
The Ball’s ‘Colours of the Reef’ theming comes after Cairns Amateurs Carnival announced support for Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef and its fundraising endeavor by inviting racegoers to make a donation with their online ticket sale.
Exclusive packages for the ANZ Cairns Amateurs Ball are now available, and include a deluxe seafood buffet dinner prepared by award-winning chefs of the region, with free-flowing premium beverages.
The event will be held on Cairns Esplanade Eastern Event Lawn from 6.30pm to midnight on Friday 1 September.
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History of Cairns Amateurs Carnival
The Far North Queensland Amateur Turf Club Inc was established in 1959 by the late Sir Sydney Williams OBE and Les Gallagher to introduce a coastal version of the historical Oak Park races as a way of bringing city and country together.
The committee of 10 members spanning representatives from outback stations and Cairns businesses presented the first ever Cairns Amateurs Carnival on 18 and 19 September, 1959.
In its early days the Cairns Amateurs ran six races on each day of the two-day program and from the very outset was held under Vice-Regal patronage, with the then Governor, Sir Henry Abel Smith.
Jockeys were, as the club name suggests, amateur riders and came mainly from the inland stations.
Professional riders were not present until many years later due to changes in race regulations.
While the club expressed disappointed at the mid-1990 ruling which disallowed amateur riders from competing, the ‘amateurs’ tradition has been retained and is deeply instilled within the spirit of the club’s culture.
Today, the mission of the club is to operate a sustainable and accessible annual racing carnival showcasing the social, cultural and commercial attributes of Cairns and the tropical north.
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