The Hunter Soap Box Derby idea was born out of a conversation that was had with locals, corporate members of the Upper Hunter and the Hunter Life Education (HLE) Executive Officer. They were discussing how they could help build and foster connections between families and community members, drive business to the area, as well as bring a fun yearly major event to a country town. Then someone said “How about a billy cart race?” – and it grew from there.
This event is designed to be a fun and engaging way for family, friends and work colleagues to connect by working on building a billy cart together. The event also aims to raise funds for Hunter Life Education, to provide free or subsidised Life Education lessons to young people of the Upper Hunter.
The inaugural Hunter Soap Box Derby, held on Saturday 23 June 2018 was a fantastic success, ensuring it s viability for future years events. The next event is scheduled for Saturday 29 June 2019.