It is colloquially known as 'the race that stops a nation,' and the Bathurst RSL Club is preparing for another stellar turnout for Melbourne Cup this year.
The Bathurst RSL is one of several local establishments set to cater for race fans throughout the day and from 8am, the club will have a range of entertainment options available for patrons.
"There will be lots of giveaways and best dressed prizes on offer, as well as bistro specials throughout the day," Bathurst RSL marketing manager Janneke Van Der Sterren said.
"We will also have musician Peter Horan performing from 12pm, and he's been a fixture of our Melbourne Cup festivities for many years."
Ms Van Der Sterren said the Melbourne Cup is a popular day on the club's calendar, with the bar and bistro areas regularly packed to capacity.
"We have patrons who attend the club for the whole day as well as people who stop by for the main event at 3pm," she said.
Ms Van Der Sterren said the event provides a fantastic opportunity for patrons to dress up and enjoy the biggest day on Australia's racing calendar.
"There's not many occasions throughout the year that allow you to turn up in your best outfit and enjoy a glass of champagne with friends during a weekday," she said.
2019 Melbourne Cup events around Bathurst:
The Victoria Bathurst: Open from 11.30am. Prizes on offer for best dressed. Lueth Ajak performing from 12pm to 3pm. The Backyard will be open throughout the day with the race on the big screen. To book a table, call 63315777. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Panorama Bathurst: Open from 12pm. Tickets cost $95 and cover the following: Four-hour beverage Package [12pm-4pm], three-hour bottomless roving canapés [12pm-3pm], entertainment from Luke Furbank and friends, DJs from 5pm until late, best dressed and lucky door prizes, live coverage on big screens all day and full TAB facilities. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Jack Duggans Irish Pub: Open from 12pm. Special Melbourne Cup Cocktails on offer, two-course lunch menu [$40], sweeps, lucky door prizes, all races live on the big screen. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Family Hotel: Open from 12pm. Cup Day Lunch on offer [$40]. Hamper giveaways for best dressed, best fascinator and best tie. $2 and $5 sweeps. Bookings are essential. To book, call 63311353 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knickerbocker Hotel: Bistro open from 12pm [TAB facilities open from 7am]. Lunch specials include a seafood plate [$55] and a nibbles plate [$17]. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.