The annual Thoona Wheelie Bin Championships, held last Saturday in the idyllic Victorian town, have been hailed a huge success by organisers.
Spectators and competitors flocked to Thoona from across the state to be part of the increasingly popular event.
Liz Deveny, a volunteer who has been involved since the first race 19 years ago, said the event was a ‘‘Fantastic day’’.
‘‘Last year we had 26 registrations for the wheelie bins, this year we had 40-plus, so it’s getting bigger each year,’’ Ms Deveny said.
‘‘The organisers did a fabulous job and it was just a fantastic day.
‘‘Some of the cars were amazing. People are coming up with more and more inventive ideas on how to set the wheelie bins up, it was just terrific.
‘‘I was involved with the first wheelie bins 19 years ago.
‘‘A local man mentioned that he was taking his bin down to the farm gates, it fell over and looked like a car. That’s how the idea came about.’’
Racing was not the only activity on offer as attendees enjoyed an array of market stalls, a gourmet barbecue and a jumping castle for the little ones.
Next year is a big one for the Wheelie Bin Championships as it celebrates its 20-year anniversary, organisers are hoping it will be the biggest yet.