PICK A WINNER: Celebrities planning to take part in this year’s event include, from rear, Tommy Franklin, Arj Barker, Mandy Nolan, and Steve Bisley, joined by one of The Northern Star’s dinosaurs.
PICK A WINNER: Celebrities planning to take part in this year’s event include, from rear, Tommy Franklin, Arj Barker, Mandy Nolan, and Steve Bisley, joined by one of The Northern Star’s dinosaurs. Isobel Rodgers

Billy-carting celebrities to race at Bangalow derby

WHO will you put your money on to win a billy cart race - actor Steve Bisley, 'Salty Rain' dancer Tommy Franklin, comedian Arj Barker or comedian Mandy Nolan?

The four local famous faces will face-off in the Celebrity Race at the Bangalow Billy Cart Derby tomorrow.

Registration for the derby starts at 7am with practice runs from 8am and official runs from 9am.

More family entertainment, including fairground rides, great food and activities will be in the grounds of the Bangalow Public School, at the bottom of the hill, where the school's major fundraiser - the Mad Hatter's Derby Tea Party - will be held.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the local event, and to celebrate, their parade is going to be bigger than ever, Bangalow Billycart Derby Parade coordinator, Libby Lund-McDonald said.

There'll not only be the usual local group representations - including more sporting club representations than ever before, Ms Lund-McDonald revealed - but there'll also be a special appearance by Tommy Franklin with local dancers.

Ms Lund-McDonald said when it comes to the celebrity race, she's putting her money on girl power: "I'm backing Mandy Nolan."

She said the celebrity race always brought a lot of excitement to the event for the spectators, and said that it was always nice to see celebrities who live in the local area supporting local events.

Just before the celebrity race kicks off at around 2.55pm, another special race will wiz down the main street of Bangalow - The Festival Race - featuring representatives from Bluesfest, Splendour in the Grass, the Byron Bay Writers' Festival, and Sample Food Festival.

Mandy Nolan said she was pumped, but terrified for the race - having competed last year she knows what to expect.

"It's actually much scarier than it looks," she said.

"I was almost crying with fear last year. I don't know what's stronger - my will to win or my will to live."

She said she may even be happy to choose a slower cart and able down the road, just because she's that terrified.

The Bangalow Billy Cart Derby is an event from the Bangalow Lions Club and the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce.


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