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ORE than 400 ve­hi­cles will as­sem­ble at Hid­den Val­ley Mo­tor Sports Com­plex on Tues­day for what has be­come a Dar­win Aus­tralia Day tra­di­tion.

The highly dec­o­rated utes will be decked out for an­other an­nual Ute Run.

This pop­u­lar event has grown year af­ter year, be­com­ing a ma­jor event for the Ter­ri­tory, and is an im­por­tant fundraiser for Va­ri­ety, the chil­dren’s char­ity NT.

Sup­port­ers come in a mix of trans­port rang­ing from mo­tor­cy­cles to huge semi-trailer prime movers, all there to en­joy their spe­cial day and to sup­port Va­ri­ety.

The pa­rade, un­der po­lice es­cort, com­pletes a cir­cuit of the Hid­den Val­ley track with flags fly­ing, mu­sic pump­ing and horns blow­ing, be­fore the take-off.

They are then on their way, trav­el­ling a pre-ar­ranged route out through the north­ern sub­urbs and back along Bagot Rd and the Stu­art High­way to the Win­nel­lie Park Grey­hound Club.

The Va­ri­ety NT vol­un­teers will then have food and cold drinks avail­able and there will be

Mplenty of fun ac­tiv­i­ties for the gath­er­ing such as the muf­fler and thong throw­ing com­pe­ti­tions and the Push-a-Ute comp.

There will be com­pe­ti­tions for the best­dressed adults and chil­dren, utes and don’t for­get to dress up the dog.

There will also be plenty of chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties this year in­clud­ing jump­ing cas­tles, a colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion, and great prizes.

There is more than $10,000 in tro­phies and prizes to be won with Shan­nons In­sur­ance, one of the ma­jor spon­sors, pro­vid­ing all the tro­phies and judg­ing the ve­hi­cle cat­e­gories.

Join the fun at the Hid­den Val­ley Mo­tor Sports Com­plex this Aus­tralia Day from 10.30am.

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