Mansfield will celebrate 160 years of country racing with a two-day High Country Weekend extravaganza next month, thanks to a joint funding package of almost $65000.
The High Country Weekend will begin with an Equine Art Show and Gala Dinner on Friday, April 7, as a prelude to the annual Mansfield Cup on Saturday, April 8.
There will also be an art exhibition featuring the works of 40 finalists in the inaugural National Equine Art Prize.
The winner will receive an $8000 prize and a commission to paint the winning 2017 Mansfield Cup horse.
A High Country Graze on the Lawn precinct will include 20 stalls selling food, wine and beer from producers and provedores throughout the region.
Free shuttle buses will also run between the racecourse and town.
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the government would provide more than $32000 towards the event through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program.
Local volunteers and Country Racing Victoria also help fund the event.