Gresford Billycart Derby is on Easter Saturday

Fun: The Easter Saturday billycart derby sees all roads lead to Gresford. Pictured is a competitor in 2019. Photo: Marina Neil

Fun: The Easter Saturday billycart derby sees all roads lead to Gresford. Pictured is a competitor in 2019. Photo: Marina Neil

Most 21st birthdays involve a fair party and Gresford is promising a Billycart Derby like no other to celebrate 21 years of the iconic country festival on Easter Saturday - April 11.

With jam-packed action on and off the track, it promises to be another great family fun affair.

"There's not a lot of villages the size of Gresford that can put on an event for 5000 people and maintain that event for 21 years," said committee president Kris Doyle.

"It's a testament to this community and all the volunteers over the last 21 years that this event continues to be such a highlight on the calendar for the whole Hunter region.

"Over the many years of racing we have seen plenty of spills, thrills and pothole dodging and 2020 promises all that action and more."

Thanks to the generosity of many sponsors and the wider community, the annual event has raised countless thousands of dollars that has been donated to more than 30 charities across the Dungog Shire, Hunter Valley and beyond.

"While we focus on giving locally first, we are always keen to lend a hand where we can," said Kris.

"This community has been very fortunate and we make sure all the local schools, sporting groups, community support agencies and local groups get involved and receive some much needed funds to go towards projects and facilities that help our community to continue to grow.

Over the many years of racing we have seen plenty of spills, thrills and pothole dodging and 2020 promises all that action and more."

Kris Doyle

"It's wonderful we get so much support from tourists visiting our valley, as well as locals who know it's always a fun day out." Racing will start from 8am and will continue until the feature celebrity races and finals around lunchtime. "

Away from the track there is plenty of country cheer to enjoy from gumboot tossing and dummy spitting, to the pony pat lotto, bake sales, giant raffle and market stalls as well as great food for everyone.

"Over the years the event has developed a wonderful carnival atmosphere, meaning that families from near and far mark it in their calendar as a must do over the Easter Long Weekend," said Kris.

"If you haven't been yet, make sure you join us in 2020. The Beatty Hotel puts on a great band and the community really rallies around all the racers - the young and the young at heart.

"For those with a little rev head on the inside or just looking for a project, it's not too late to start building your cart with all information and specifications on the billycart derby website."