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Brace for old-fashioned fun


Have we lost our sense of good old-fashioned fun?

Hunter Life Education thinks so, and they want to bring it back.

Billy cart drivers will hurtle downhill at speeds of up to 35 kilometres per hour when the Hunter Soap Box Derby kicks into gear.

On the back of a successful inaugural event last year, the action will take place again this Saturday 29 June at Carl Street, Muswellbrook, from 9am to 2pm.

Hunter businesses, schools, community groups, families and groups of friends have been encouraged to build a billy cart and help raise funds for Hunter Life Education, which empowers young people to lead safer and healthier lives through education.

Hunter Life Education executive officer Sarah Gray said many people were looking for ways to engage with friends and family to foster stronger connections.

“There aren’t too many opportunities for this in the Hunter – so we created one,” she said.
“The Hunter Soap Box Derby is all about connecting through the cart building process, having fun racing it down the hill and, at the same time, raising funds for a great cause.”

There will be several race categories, starting with juniors (drivers aged 7 to 15), seniors (16 and over), the BHP Mt Arthur Coal Emergency Services and Defence race, then a showdown between Hunter corporates and businesses.

The event is also set to feature fun races, with one involving Healthy Harold – Life Education’s mascot – up against the Easter Bunny.

Harold will be looking to redeem himself for his defeat in 2018.

The Hunter Soap Box Derby also includes family-friendly food and entertainment at the pit lane precinct and finish line, located in the PCYC Muswellbrook carpark, as well as military and emergency services displays and market stalls.

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