Locals urged to get 2021 SeaLink Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival tickets

FUN TIMES: Toni Kempster and her crew at the 2020 SeaLink Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival, which broke records for attendance. Photo: Stan Gorton
FUN TIMES: Toni Kempster and her crew at the 2020 SeaLink Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival, which broke records for attendance. Photo: Stan Gorton

Kangaroo Island locals are being urged to get their tickets to 2021 SeaLink Racing Carnival before they sell out.

There are less than 600 tickets left for the Saturday Kangaroo Island Cup day on February 20, where the crowd will be limited to 2500 people due to COVID regulations.

The crowd for Thursday's Carnival day on February 18 has been restricted to 1000, and about 400 tickets remain.

And for the first time, tickets must be pre-purchased either at the SeaLink office in Kingscote or by calling 13 13 01.

Negotiations with state authorities have seen the numbers increased from the initial restriction of 1000, which would have made the event unviable.

Kangaroo Island Racing Club president Mark Turner said 2021 numbers were never going to get close to last year's record attendance of more than 4000, which would stand as a record for many years to come.

Crowds flocked to Kangaroo Island, even jetting in from Queensland, in the wake of the bushfires, to help out.

The club and SeaLink are keen to make locals don't miss out this year and so want to get the word out about getting tickets.

SeaLink confirmed there were only several hundred tickets left to get into the event on Saturday and tickets to its Long Lunch marquee had already sold out.

There are however no number limits or pre-purchase requirements for the Racing at the Cygnet picnic races on Saturday, January 23.

The KI RFDS Support Group members will be collecting the $5 entry as usual and checking to make sure people register their contact details.

There will be a free bus from the Queenscliff Hotel to the races starting at 11am and returning to Kingscote after the last race at 4pm.

Meanwhile, the Lions Club volunteers will still be employed for the two-day Cup Carnival, checking the pre-purchased tickets and making sure punters check in with their COVID QR code.

THEY'RE OFF: Toni Kempster and her crew bust out of the starting gates at the 2020 SeaLink Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival. Photo: Stan Gorton

THEY'RE OFF: Toni Kempster and her crew bust out of the starting gates at the 2020 SeaLink Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival. Photo: Stan Gorton

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