Anticipation is growing in advance of the annual Blackall Blue Lights Billy Cart event due to be flagged off this coming Saturday and it seems cart speed isn’t an issue for the local rozzers.
Sergeant Ben Holdcroft says he’s ignoring the chat around the west and focusing on the win.
“Rumours abound that some former Queensland origin legends will be making a guest appearance at this year’s event and testing their skills against the best of Central West Queensland billy cart drivers and designers. They may be Origin legends, but have they faced the Blackall Billy Carts ramp yet!!”
This year’s event is being hosted in partnership with the Shockwave youth program and is a premier attraction as part of the Blackall 150th birthday celebrations and this year includes a main street event with food stalls, live entertainment into the evening and of course, the famed billy cart races.
The event kicks off around 4pm on Saturday August 25 and runs through into the evening.
This year’s event has also expanded to include art displays being prepared by children attending the shockwave event and students from the Blackall and Tambo State Schools and their friends from St Joeys here in Blackall.
Sergeant Holdcroft says for those locals and the large numbers of visitors expected to return to Blackall to celebrate the towns 150th birthday there’s a special treat.
“The lamp has been hand crafted by local resident John Harlow and is turned from wood salvaged from one of the front pillars of the Tatts Hotel which burned down in 1994.”
The piece is adorned with the room number 19 metal plate which was also salvaged from the fire.
Funds raised by the auction will be used by the Blackall Blue Light Committee to continue their work creating positive and healthy activities for children in the Central West.