THE competition was fierce this morning as children emerged with their stylish rides at Woodhill State School to race in the billy cart derby.
The 26th annual event, held on Saturday, July 29, saw several heats with a fair share of thrills and spills in a bid to be crowned the King of the Hill.
Children were buckled in their billy carts by their family members before racing down the hill.
Proud parents were jumping with joy as their children crossed the finish line with some earning places in the finals.
A police officer was on the track recording the speed of the racers while firefighters ensured the course was safe and provided first aid assistance.
Away from the race track, guests enjoyed activities, including a giant slide, lazer tag and train displays, and food and cake stalls.
Woodhill State School Parents and Citizens Association president Hailey Mayes said the day could not have gone any better.
“It looks like everyone is having a fantastic time,” she said.
“Kids are walking around with their faces painted and enjoying the rides and everyone has raced to the sidelines to see the races.”
Ms Mayes said children and their family members took months designing their billy carts for the race day.
“People on their billy carts for months but it’s definitely a good family building exercise,” she said.
“Most people change the colour or design of their billy carts and they get more and more crafty each year.”
Ms Mayes said thrilled parents were not afraid to jump in the track to celebrate a win with racers who crossed the finish line.
“I have no doubt, the parents are enjoying themselves just as much as the kids,” she said.
“A little boy who won all his races and said my mum and dad was so excited.
“It’s always nice to get to the bottom of the hill without flipping your cart as well.”
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