Mice add spice to event

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on November 22, 2019

MICE will be the main attraction at a fundraiser this weekend at Kendenup Country Club.

The Kendenup Cup will take place on Saturday and see mice race in a similar style as horses do at the Melbourne Cup.

The racecourse is a bit smaller than Flemington though, taking place in a box on a wall.

Jacqui Burcham explained.

“We get mice from a breeder and they run six races in a big box,” she said.

“The mice are auctioned off, so people ‘own’ a mouse for a specific race and collect the winnings if their mouse wins.

“Everyone else can bet on any mouse and all the money goes into the Country Club.”

She said the event, held annually since 2012, was popular among the locals and got the whole family involved.

“We have a snail race for the kids,” Ms Burcham said.

“And this year, we are trialling a new species to race in the box used for the mouse races … some people are sceptical, but we are going to give it a go.”

There will be prizes for best dressed, raffles, and food and drink available for purchase.

The money raised will go towards replacing some of the Country Club’s carpet and for general maintenance.

“It’s fun, unique and everyone has a laugh,” Ms Burcham said.

“The main thing people like is having fun and being with their friends.”

Ms Burcham suggested large groups wanting a table together to call ahead to book a table, by calling 0433 452 528 or 0459 514 091.

Doors open at 6.30pm and races will commence between 7pm and 7.30pm.