Pick up your missus for fair dinkum foot race
DONNING their best pluggers and throwing the "missus" over the shoulder for a running race is how Babinda residents will celebrate Australia Day this year.
The "Clench a Wench" competition is back for the first time in six years and it has spurred locals to pair up in a bid to win their partner's weight in cash.
"It is usually a couple's team and the bloke has to carry their missus on their shoulders or like a backpack and run the obstacle course," events and fundraising co-ordinator Jody McMurray said.
Despite the looming wet season, the Babinda Taskforce says rain, hail or shine, the true-blue day will go on.
The best-dressed ute competition will debut this year and there will also be a hot chilli pie-eating competition.
Ms McMurray said the first 500 people through the Bill Wakeham Park gates from 11.30am on January 26 would receive a free sausage, drink and ice block.
The event is sponsored by Cairns Regional Council and supported by Babinda businesses.
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Hold tight: Reece Kruckow and Selena McMurray are ready to race on Australia Day for Babinda's Clench A Wench competition. Picture: Stewart McLean