Should our public holiday be Melbourne Cup Day or Ballarat Show Day?
It won't be changing anytime soon thanks to a City of Ballarat decision but it's interesting to debate.
See what Ballarat residents thought of the idea below.
Michelle Cross: I believe that having Ballarat show day as a public holiday is a fun day out for the whole family. I know that the show runs all weekend but kids have all kinds of sports commitments over the weekend, it is just to stressful for parents. (Not a parent but I am very good friends with many mothers and fathers). Furthermore I know any cup day is also a fun day out, however I believe if we are trying to help future generations out of bad habits like gambling and alcoholism there is no need for this kind of holiday. In saying this these events bring a lot more money into the town as there are more ways of making profit such as: alcohol, entry, gambling, buses, going out for dinner in town after etc. If we were to pick profit over morals I honestly believe that cup day is a better opinion. If we are choosing to teach kids better I believe it should be show day. Let's not pick quality over quantity.
Vicki Kouroumbas: Public holiday in Ballarat should definitely be Show Day. Without it, the show would probably die, as attendances would suffer. The Melbourne Cup will survive and so will local businesses. They just don't want to pay public holiday penalties to get people working on a Friday. It's the kids and families of Ballarat that would lose out by changing the public holiday. Ballarat needs more exclusive local events, not less.
Robyn Van Oirschot: Do not change the public holiday! The Ballarat show is a family day, how many children do you see at the cup?
Lynette Williams: Melbourne horserace Cup Day should be the public holiday, NOT Ballarat show.
Amy Butler: I always take Melbourne Cup Day off - not once in my 27 years in Ballarat have I felt compelled to attend the show. Way too expensive. It would make sense for Ballarat to be the same as Melbourne.
Lidia Veljanovska: Stating the show day as public holiday is just as silly as Melbourne cup public holiday and the AFL public holiday. It's a bunch of crap really. Like what's the point in it being a public holiday? The world is a funny place to be in.
Jan Thompson: I think Show Day is more relevant in Ballarat...Keep it on a Friday.
Caitlyn Parker: I think you should have a public holiday on Ballarat cup day.
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