The number of attendees at this year's May Races Carnival is expected to exceed pre-pandemic levels.
Warrnambool Racing Club chief executive officer Tom O'Connor said tickets to the 2021 TAB Warrnambool May Racing Carnival were selling fast.
"The numbers for Tuesday and Wednesday are already up on the 2019 event and by the time our ticket sales close I'd say Thursday will also surpass the last event,'" he said.
Mr O'Connor said it was exciting given last year's carnival was held behind closed doors for the first time in history due to coronavirus restrictions.
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"There's a general buzz of excitement now that we're at the business end of our planning and we're really looking forward to welcoming a lot of people back," he said.
"There's people travelling from far and wide and the conversations I've had with some of them show they're genuinely excited about coming back to Warrnambool.
"I think that's a testament to the community here and the event."
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