The Kangaroo Island Racing Club will host its Racing at the Cygnet meeting this Saturday, January 25. The first race starts about 1pm.
The racing club committee is hoping for a big turn out and that the event will be a chance for locals and visitors to enjoy themselves after the ongoing bushfire disaster.
The club decided to go ahead with the race meet after reviewing the fire conditions and deciding it would be good for the Island's economy and morale.
This Saturday's Australia Day weekend races will be a six-race program, non-TAB meeting. There will be full bar, food by the Hospital Auxiliary and KIx-FM Radio and great coffee from the Cuppa Joey Coffee Van.
All of the racing club profits will go to KI Mayoral Relief and Recovery Fund. Support the races that support the community.
Free transport to and from the races by Kangaroo Island Transfers, picking up at the Queenscliff Hotel from 11.30am and return trips will commence after the last race.
The 2020 SeaLink Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival featuring the Dudley Wines Kangaroo Island Cup meanwhile takes places on Thursday, February 20 and Saturday, February 22, 2020.
Big crowds are expected that weekend with people already saying they are eager to support bushfire-affected Kangaroo Island.
Click the link to see last year's Racing at the Cygnet:Australia Day races on Kangaroo Island | PHOTOS
Australia Day celebrations meanwhile will be on Sunday, January 26 starting with the official ceremony at the Hope Cottage Museum at 10.30am.
This will be followed by an Australia Day event at the Parndana Oval at 12.30pm, while the American River community will host Music on the Green from 12noon to 6pm.
The ADF meanwhile is planning a big celebration at the Parndana Oval on Saturday, February 8 as a post bushfire disaster thank-you event, featuring an Army band, singer John Schumann and possibly some footy stars, with catering for up to 3000 people.