Record crowds are expected at the races next month when Tauranga hosts the Interislander Summer Festival, which will be taking place throughout New Zealand.
Track marketing and sponsorship manager Don Paterson says thousands of people are predicted to go along this season as the popularity of racing continues to gather momentum.
"The Interislander Summer Festival is the best way for families to take in the atmosphere and excitement of holiday races and experience a great Kiwi summertime tradition," Paterson says.
"Racing Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty Harness Racing Club have organised an array of exciting family fun-in-the-sun activities to keep youngsters amused and entertained."
Racing Tauranga, which starts on January 2, has a family zone where people can bring their picnics and shelters. Sites with views can be booked.
The Racing Board is getting into the spirit of the occasion with Kids Go Racing, equine-themed games and friendly competitions.
"Between the races we are going to get the kids on the track to have egg-and-spoon, horseshoe toss and sack races that will be projected on to the big screen."
Bouncy castlesplus other attractions will be on show and children can meet Hopples and Stirrup, the festival's horse mascots.
One area has been sectioned off for the a lawn party, which will provide live music, fabulous food and fine wine.
Paterson says it's great to be able to offer racegoers different options to suit their circumstances.
Tauranga Racing is also holding Hooves, Blues and Barbecues on January 11 and the Bay of Plenty Harness Club will hold its race day on January 27.
The Fine Print
What: Summer Racing Festival
Where: Tauranga Racing Club January 2, January 11, Bay of Plenty Harness Club January 27.