Blue skies and a perfect 29-degree day was exactly what the organisers and punters at Saturday's Dederang Picnic Races wanted.
A year after the event was called off because of stifling 40-degree heat, it has moved from January to March and those coming through the gates were happy to be back at a time of year with cooler temperatures.
Dederang Picnic Race Club secretary Alanna Kirley said although there were a couple of less buses booked to bring guests in for the day, they expected a lot would be driving themselves.
"When we were cancelled, it was a big blow to the community," she said.
"It's the most important event that happens in the upper Kiewa Valley, it's about keeping that tradition alive."
While March is a busier month for horse racing, with the Albury and Towong cups also taking place, the Dederang organisers hoped people would enjoy their "unique" event.
The race track starts will an uphill section for the horses, which Ms Kirley said means it takes a strong horse to win the race.
Wodonga's Michelle Potter and Zoe Thorpe were though the gates in the morning to get a spot by the finishing line in the shade and said as regular visitors to the Dederang races, they were happy with the move to March.
"It's perfect, a great time of year," Ms Potter said.
"I love you can either dress up of not, everyone is friendly and it's a great country event."
Ms Thorpe said the beautiful scenery was also a reason to keep coming back.
"It's such a cool track in the middle of nowhere," she said.
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