Craig Barber can barely hide his excitement at being back at the May Racing Carnival.
"Someone described it as the schoolies for adults, which I think is pretty fitting," he said.
Mr Barber first attended the May Racing Carnival 38 years ago when his father visited the town as a bookie.
He has attended most years since.
Mr Barber said 2020 was a very challenging year for bookies.
"It was very tough," he said.
"Obviously everything was shut down and we were out of work."
Mr Barber said he was able to access JobKeeper, but he missed the excitement of being at the race track.
"We finally started to get back to the track in November last year," he said.
Mr Barber said he was stoked to be back at Warrnambool.
"It's good to be back," said the Mornington Peninsula based bookie.
"It's great to see everyone back as well."
Mr Barber said he loved the atmosphere of the May Racing Carnival.
Taj Barber, 18, is training as a bookie to join the family business.
He is enjoying his first year at the carnival.
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