It's party time for the Cowra Jockey Club

Sarah Gilbert, Mireille Turner and Steph Wegner enjoyed the tropical theme at last year's race meeting.
Sarah Gilbert, Mireille Turner and Steph Wegner enjoyed the tropical theme at last year's race meeting.

It's more than just a race meeting.

Cowra Jockey Club president Peter Ford says this Sunday's Cowra Japan Cup and Cowra Cup race meeting isn't just about the racing.

Mr Ford said the club hopes to make the annual feature race meeting a destination event and this year he hopes to see Cowra take a break from the ongoing drought and the constant threat of bushfires.

"The alternating smoke haze and dust that has covered Cowra since before Christmas has had an impact on most residents," Mr Ford said.

"And we've been lucky, we haven't been hit by fire, lost lives or homes, but Cowra is still feeling the impact.

"This weekend we're hoping Cowra joins us in a celebration of racing and a tribute to our volunteers," he said.

Along with the racing action patrons are being invited to dress in a tropical theme.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Best Dressed Tropical Male.

Best Dressed Tropical Female.

Most Original Tropical Outfit - Male/Female or Couple.

Most Tropical Outfit - Girl under 12yrs.

Most Tropical Outfit - Boy under 12 yrs.

"Cowra Jockey Club wants to support local business so the prize for each adult category will be a $300 Cowra Cash Card and the kids prizes will be a $50 Cowra Cash Card," Mr Ford said.

Getting creative.

Getting creative.

The party atmosphere for this year's meeting starts on Friday with a live broadcast by the Big Sports Breakfast radio program and continues into Saturday at the Cowra Bowling Club where Mr Ford said the club has organised a line up of special guests who will entertain the punters.

Among the guests are racing legend Jimmy Cassidy, fellow jockey Allan Robinson and former NRL stars Alfie Langer, Trevor Gilmeister and Gooloogong's Royce Simmons.