North East carnivals work in together

Graeme Taylor
Graeme Taylor

WANGARATTA Sports Carnival co-ordinator Graeme Taylor yesterday said the resurgence of the Albury-Wodonga Gift has had a flow-on effect south of the Border.

Taylor said entries had improved at Wangaratta’s carnival since the Albury-Wodonga Gift resurfaced in 2012.

Athletes had more incentive to trek up the highway with more than $30,000 up for grabs over a jam-packed North East weekend.

“They complement each other very well,” Taylor said. “It’s been good the last few years.

“Entries are standing up again this year.”

The Wang carnival, now in its 93rd year, is on Saturday with the $3500 Wangaratta Gift and $2000 Wangaratta Wheelrace highlights.

Taylor said about 240 runners and 80-odd cyclists had entered.

The day starts at Wangaratta Showgrounds at 2pm with finals after the tea break at 6pm.

There will be more than 80 events.

Entry is $10, or $5 with concession.