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Fourteen entries weighed in for the Babybels section (12 and under), that number matched by the entries for the Mature Section (13 and over), with just one entry in the Platter section for groups and corporates. There were a total of 82 people on the day.
Competitors had a brief to design a contraption that could carry a block of cheese down the hill in a series of heats and finals in their respective sections and there were definitely some contrasting design concepts at play, from skateboards to balls, to model cars, Tonka trucks and more.
Logan Strang won the Babybel section with Tonka while Debbie Kennard with Hillbilly Rebel won the Mature Class. The ICC Parks and Recreation entry Speedy Foil won the Platter Section. Logan Strang took out the Big Cheese Award while the winner of the No Rolls Barred all in contest at the end of the day was Lindsay Howley with his creation, Little Lindsay.
Callum Clark, New Zealand Red Cross Humanitarian Development Engagement Manager Southland said, “it was a great day and we look forward to doing it all again next year.”
It was apparent from many of the comments at the conclusion of the day many will be back next year with even more impressive rigs.
Support for the event came from Shark Experience Bluff, Adventure Southland, Real Journeys, the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival, Stadium Southland, Splash Palace and others! To keep everyone safe on the day the road closure for the event was generously donated by HWR Richardson Group.