Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - Alexia Austin Alexia.Austin@west­ern­starnews.com

FAM­I­LIES trav­el­ling through Quilpie to the Birdsville races stopped off for a spot of coun­try fun at the an­nual Kan­garanga do street party held on Tues­day.

The event drew a crowd of over 400 rev­ellers, from as far a field as north Queensland and New South Wales, who were keen to try their hand at one of the un­con­ven­tional ac­tiv­i­ties on the party line up, such as bath tub rac­ing, wool bal­ing and the in­fa­mous ‘get your rocks off’ rock lift­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

For those only there to watch the ac­tion, there was a range of food stalls, a bar and a DJ that car­ried the event late into the evening.

The party took over the length of Brolga St in town, and was or­gan­ised and spon­sored by the Quilpie Im­pe­rial Ho­tel Mo­tel.

Quilpie Im­pe­rial Ho­tel Mo­tel owner, Ann Lewis, said the event made for a in­ter­est­ing pit stop for weary trav­ellers.

“This year was con­sis­tent with the last cou­ple, we had a great crowd. Many were trav­ellers stop­ping in on their way to the Birdsville races,” said Ms Lewis.

“One no­tice­able dif­fer­ence this year was the age of the crowd. We usu­ally have older trav­ellers stop in, but this year it was a very young crowd. The rocks off com­pe­ti­tion is usu­ally the most pop­u­lar, but you should have heard the laugh­ter at this year’s bath tub derby!” The bath tubs travel nor­mally while the per­son in the back is push­ing, but as soon as they jump in with their team mate all bets are off.

“This year we even had a mi­nor crash, as two of the tubs ca­reered into the me­dian strip. No­body was hurt, but it was a very funny spec­ta­cle, the bath tubs have a mind of their own once they get go­ing.”

The Adavale team took top prize in the rocks off com­pe­ti­tion, with the bath­tub derby too close to judge.

SPLASH AND DASH: Teams of two or three com­peted for the ti­tle of fastest tub dur­ing the bath­tub derby, us­ing the street as a race course.

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