On your marks, get set, race!
Preparations are well underway for the annual Brisbane Billycart Championships, coming up on Sunday 17th August. The popular free event, organised by the Rotary Club of Carindale on behalf of the Brisbane City Council, is returning for its 10th consecutive year at the Carindale Recreation Reserve.
The community-focused festival has grown into a much-loved family event since it first appeared, with several thousands joining in on the fun last year. This year will mark the championship’s highest amount of registration spaces, with the Rotary Club expecting to take around 300 participant spaces for the race.
Deputy Lord Mayor and Councillor for the Chandler Ward, Cr Adrian Schrinner, says it will be a great day out for families across Brisbane.
“There are plenty of suburban festivals across the city, but the Billycart Championships are truly unique,” Cr Shrinner says.
“The event provides a great opportunity for families to get involved and kids of all ages – including some adults who are kids in spirit – thoroughly enjoy participating.”
Race day kicks off with registration at 8am, wrapping up the action-packed day with final prize presentations at 3pm. Entries are aged grouped from four years of age, with three categories of billycarts that can be registered: traditional backyard, modified and novelty.
The carts will take off from a purpose-built ramp onto the grassed slopes of the recreational reserve. Participants have a choice of building their own cart to the Rotary’s specifications or for those of us a little less “handy”, billycarts can also be borrowed from the stock of billycarts the club has had built by students at White’s Hill State College.
The Carindale Rotary organising committee’s sponsorship officer, Geoff Wilson, says it’s not all about the race but also about the preparations that lead up to the big day.
“It’s a great opportunity for parents and children to build carts together in their home and it’s also a good opportunity for grandparents and grandchildren to interact with one another.”
It’s not all about the speed either as long participants are having fun. No need to worry if your billycart isn’t the fastest one down the slope, as there are several other categories to be won – including “Most imaginative design”, “Best Dressed Team” and “Best Stack” (you wouldn’t even need cross the finish line for that one!).
One of the most anticipated parts of the day is mascot racing, where mascots of various local businesses compete against each other. Of course there is also the traditional race between Lord Mayor, Cr Graham Quirk, and Deputy Lord Mayor, Cr Adrian Schrinner.
Crowds are of course encouraged to come along and cheer on the competitors. Whether you’ll be racing or just soaking up the great atmosphere, there’ll be plenty of other activities on the day.
This community festival has lots to offer for everyone with everything from face painting and amusement rides for the kids and a variety of stalls, live entertainment and a licensed bar for the adults.
Entry to the venue is free for all and if you wish to register for a race the cost is $5 per driver. This event only comes around once a year, so make sure you come along for the fun and to support our local community.
For more information on how to register, entry groups and cart specifications, head to the event website at brisbanebillycarts.com.au. Entries will start being booked online in May. Local companies and organisations have the opportunity to sponsor the billycart entries and equipment, and have their logos publicised on the day. For more information on sponsorships contact Geoff Wilson on firstname.lastname@example.org.