Coober Pedy Races is a family event where thoroughbred and stock horses compete against each other in both races and gymkhana events over a fun filled busy 2 days.
The Outback racing carnival starts with the local station folk and competitors arriving in town with their horses, bikes and swags on Friday to kick up their heels and enjoy the hospitality of the town.
The racing program commences at 9am each day with childrens gymkhana events. The feature event on Saturday is the Opal Inn Coober Pedy Cup held over 1700m.
Sunday features the Tony Wong Ladies Bracelet held over 1100m and the Miners Store 1000m stakes. Throughout the weekend there are childrens and adults novelty events for patrons to join in and enjoy.
On Saturday night the town celebrates with the Race Club Ball at the Opal Inn Hotel.
To add to the excitement of the festivities Motor Bike gymkhana events are held over the two days.
The Coober Pedy Races is a true outback experience for the family to enjoy.
The Coober Pedy Gem Trade Show is a Great Outback Show in the Opal Capital of the World. It provides the opportunity for miners, retailers and wholesalers from around Australia and the world to showcase their products to the industry and the broader public. Opal is Australia’s national gemstone. Although there is a lot of excitement around the large scale mining activities surrounding Coober Pedy, opal will always be the heartbeat of the town. The Coober Pedy Gem Trade Show aims to develop the sustainability and prosperity of this colourful industry full of character and characters. Specialising in rough and cut opal, the trade show will coincide with the Opal Festival, offering visitors a vast array of entertainment options. The Croatian Club will once again host the Gem Trade Show providing a professional, air-conditioned environment for the numerous local and national exhibitors who will be able to showcase high quality opals at trade prices to international and domestic buyers.