Gresford’s Billy Cart Derby and Easter Fair will once again pack the streets as our daredevil racers head down Park Street East Gresford on Saturday 31 March.

The billy cart racing is just one part of a great fun filled day that promises lots to do and see for all the family. And it’s for a good cause. A broad range of community organisations benefit from the proceeds of the Billy Cart Derby and the streets of East Gresford come alive on this the biggest event of the year. Competitors and Stallholders register here.

A pleasant drive from Newcastle into the Hunter Valley countryside, the Billy Cart Derby offers a real old style fun filled experience for the whole family. How about trying your hand at gumboot throwing or picking the winner of the cow pat lotto. There’s a range of events, lots of stalls, great coffee and some brilliant raffle prizes to be won. It’s just a great day out.

The digital age has made it to the Billy Cart Derby with electronic start and finish showing the driver’s times on large screens at the finish line. This year’s feature event will be the fastest downhill run sponsored by Advanced Security Installations, allowing the top 6 fastest cars to run individually with the quickest time and runner up receiving prizes.

When the racing is over enjoy a relaxing drink at the Beatty Hotel who have been long time sponsors of ours and stay on for a meal in the restaurant. Others may wish to head over to Dungog for the Rodeo and have an exciting night there. Lots of things happening at Easter, come and join the fun.

General Contacts:
Graham Murphy (0416 116 009 | email)
Laurence Thorssell (02 4938 9248 | email)


RACE PROGRAM (All times are approximate only)

  • 9am Junior racing starts
  • 10.30 Senior racing starts
  • 12 noon Senior finals – top 8 place getters
  • 12.15 Poly’s race – Federal Member David Gillespie race State MP Michael Johnsten
  • 12.20 Show girl race
  • 12.22 Celebrity race – Dungog Maore Tracy Norman races Solo Sailor Tony Mowbray
  • 12.25 Glencore Mine’s race
  • 12.30  Supreme Champion Race
  • 12.35 Tag Team Races
  • 1.00 Races Complete, road reopens
  • 1.15  Podium presentation on the hotel verandah -free give aways
  • 1.30 Raffle drawn
  • 1.35 Auction of a great selection of items ( see below)

Note: – All times are approximate only.


  • 7am – 2pm BBQ run by Rural Fire Service Gresford
  • 9am – 1pm Monster raffle tickets – see one of the roving ticket sellers. View the raffle prizes in the Merchandising Tent in the hotel carpark
  • 9am – 1.00pm Billy Cart Racing – juniors and seniors main street
  • 1.15  Winners presentation – Podium on the Hotel Verandah
  • 1.30  Raffle draw – Auction of wine and other goods
  • 1.35  Auction starts
  • 9am – 1pm Classic cars – near road entry to the showground
  • 9am – 1pm Gumboot throwing competition – behind hotel carpark
  • 9am – 1pm   Dummy Spitting competition – Behind hotel carpark
  • 9am – 1pm Ponypat lotto – behind hotel carpark
  • 9am – 2pm Market stalls and food outlets
  • 9am – 2pm Jumping castle and rides – behind hotel carpark
  • 11am – 1pm The amazing Jonathan magician and juggler performing throughout the markets
  • 2pm – 6pm Live music – Beatty Hotel
  • 6pm –            Live Music Bowling Club

Hotel carpark, Inside hotel, Behind school of arts building, Orana Park – near road entry to the showground, beside the Classic cars.

First aid
St John Ambulance located on market side of street half way down the track.

Call Graham Murphy (0416 116 009) or contact one of the volunteers wearing orange vests.


Don’t miss the opportunity to grab a bargain in our Billy Cart Derby Auction Extravaganza.
Here are some of the great items up for auction:
$200 voucher and Agri Energiser 1km, from Farmers Warehouse Singleton
$100 Voucher from Stockers and Partridge Paterson

3 X 1 cubic metre of firewood delivered – Assurance Trees Maitland and Newcastle
Siberia V2 full headset
Wall mounted water feature
Kambrook toasted sandwich maker
Laser shooter from Jaycar Electronics Warners Bay
Rocky Climber Cross Country Monster Truck from Battery World Toronto
Battery World Battery pack from Battery World Toronto
Billy Carts from Repco Toronto
Beatty Hotel Bar Pack
Billy Cart Derby gift pack
Andromeda 30 DVD pack – Complete series.



The winner this year gets to chose from any of the three prizes. Second selects from the remaining two prizes and third takes the last prize

TICKETS – $5 each or 5 for $20 

Prize 1 –  Lifestyle Family Outdoor Package – The perfect package for that great family camping holiday. Total value $1800. Includes:
Ironman double swag
Ironman 12 litre portable toilet
Ironman Eco pressure camp shower
Silver Coaster 20inch folding bike
K2-240 Karcher Pressure cleaner
Knighthawk remote control car for the kids – or dad


 Prize 2 –  Entertainment pack – donated by the Good Guys East Maitland
The Good Guys Maitland have supported the Gresford Billy Cart Derby for the last four years and they are back again for 2018. Their generosity ensures that our Monster Raffle is just that with the donation of a Linden 98cm HD LEC LCD TV and LG DVD player. Only through the support of companies like the Good Guys, at the Chelmsford Centre, East Maitland can we continue to put this event on. Plus a Farmers Warehouse cap and stubby holder.


 Prize 3 – Fuel pack
Caltex $100 Fuel Card from Everett’s Caltex Gresford, Volcom pencil case, Black Glebe cap.