By ERWIN CHLANDA
The Camel Cup on Saturday, another crowd pleaser and tourist magnet run by volunteers, attracted a crowd of about 3500, including 1000 from interstate, according to Amanda Kuhn, president of the Apex Club of Central Australia.
She estimates the event will clear $20,000 which will be donated to local charities, in response to applications.
Apex was helped by local Lions and Rotary members.
The event started in the seventies as a bet between Lions Club Member Keith Mooney Smith, who was also instrumental in starting the Henley on Todd, and legendary Camel King Noel Fullerton, who passed away in Quorn, SA, in September last year.
Mr Fullerton supported and mentored the race for three decades.
It was first held in the dry Todd River, then at Traeger Park, at Arunga Park speedway and in 1979 moved to its present location, to the Fullerton Racing Arena at Blatherskite park.
The Lions Club, still a keen supporter, handed over the event to the NT’s last remaining Apex Club, the Apex Club of Central Australia in 2012.
The 23 mounts came from Peter Hodge, Dennis Orr and Camels Australia.
PHOTO: The Camel Cup field just after the start.