Today’s guest blogger is Rhonda Sexton, and today is the day after our 160th birthday. Rhonda looks back at another big event, the Spring Carnival in Melbourne.
My name is Rhonda Sexton. I am an area manager for Samuel Smith & Son in Melbourne, and I live across the road from Flemington Racecourse. I am a keen race goer and a member at Flemington, and they also happen to be one of my customers for Samuel Smith & Son. The staff are great – very easy to deal with, and my husband Brian and I have made great friends there, from all areas of the course.
About 370,000 people attended the Spring Carnival over the four days at the beginning of this month. Although the crowd was a little down on the past two years, they were a very well behaved crowd. Once I go home I can still watch the crowds leaving from my balcony, and what surprised me most was that there are such a lot of women who can’t afford shoes!
Some interesting figures from the Spring Carnival are:
- 8,700 kgs of beef, lamb, chicken and duck consumed
- 700 kgs of fish (plus 1,000 kgs of smoked salmon)
- 700 dozen oysters
- 400 kgs of prawns
- 25,000 scones
- 150 kgs of chocolate
Now the statistic that interests us is in the industry is the consumption of Champagne and wine, which totalled 120,000 bottles. Such a lot of bottles and only 33 arrests over the four days.
In the photo with myself, at the winning post enjoying a bottle of The Scribbler, is Terry Freeman, who has been the official keeper of the roses for 33 years. He says getting 16,000 rose bushes ready has similarities to training a racehorse. It needs attention to detail, an eye for perfection, and split-second timing, because everything has to peak at the right moment. There is no use having beautiful roses if they bloom a few days after the big race.
Terry and his team of 14 work at the track all year, but his intensive cup preparation started in June when two months of pruning got under way. Terry knows he’s on a winner with our wines, and he certainly deserved the bottle of The Scribbler at the winning post. I may upgrade to The Signature (02) next year.
I hope Jane is enjoying her holiday and enjoying all the stories from the guest bloggers.