Lief Sorensen, Dennis Telford and Col Tinworth with Terry Playfair in the driver’s seat ready for this weekend’s event.
Lief Sorensen, Dennis Telford and Col Tinworth with Terry Playfair in the driver’s seat ready for this weekend’s event. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Billycart challenge postponed

AFTER wet weather forced Hervey Bay's first annual billycart challenge to be cancelled, organisers are happy to announce the event will be back on this weekend.

Hervey Bay Lions Club will now host the first annual billycart challenge this Sunday, with the view for it to become a Wide Bay challenge in years to come.

Organiser Terry Playfair has encouraged families, schools and businesses to enter a team on the day.

The challenge will kick of at 8.30am at the mobility corridor between Ann and Elizabeth sts in Urangan with a sausage sizzle and gumboot throwing contest.

“We've got little gumboots for the kids, medium gumboots for the ladies and great big gumboots for the men,” he said.

Teams of four can compete in the family, school or business category for cash prizes and trophies.

Teams are made up of a driver and three pushers.

Drivers must wear gloves, enclosed shoes, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt.

The pushers in each team are also required to wear gloves.

Billycarts will be available on the day for passers-by who want to have a race.

Competitors who have built their own billycart must have them passed by an inspector in the Bunnings car park on Saturday.

Kawungan High School and Urangan High School already have already their hands on billycarts to practise for the interschool challenge.

The Bauple Men's Shed group have announced they will hold a similar challenge in the next few months, where Mr Playfair will take a bus load of competitors from Hervey Bay to compete.

Organisers hope the two events might be combined into a championship for the Wide Bay region.

Phone Mr Playfair on 4125 5680 for more information.



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