Open division, Melon Dash For Cash on Heeney St, Chinchilla Melon Fest, 2019.
Open division, Melon Dash For Cash on Heeney St, Chinchilla Melon Fest, 2019. James Liveris

Melon size is the key to dash success, says winner

TWO years in the making, the Melon Festival Dash for Cash closed down Heeney Street as men, women and children vied for glory with watermelons in tow. 

Across three races, dozens of competitors sprinted the 400 metre race track armed with a melon of various sizes.

Prize money and boasting rights awaited the winner, as they struggled to keep the fruit in their arms before making it across the finish line.

 

Kids melon dash winner Mitch Cartwright
Kids melon dash winner Mitch Cartwright Ellen Ransley

Mitch Cartwright took home the $50 prizemoney in the first race of the day, dedicated to junior Melon Festival fans.

The 16-year-old from Brisbane brought his mum out to Chinchilla to get his driving hours up, and decided to enter the dash as something fun to do.

"I did it to win," he said.

"It was a lot of fun, and also coming out meant I get some driving hours up."

 

Women's melon dash winner Kirsten Fuller
Women's melon dash winner Kirsten Fuller Ellen Ransley

Kirsten Fuller may hail from Maryborough, but she was in her element in the women's melon dash.

The 21-year old said she had entered the dash for a chance to win some extra cash for the weekend festivities.

"I'll be using it for drinks tonight," she said.

"I'm pretty happy to be the winner."

 

Men's melon dash winner Chris Gribble
Men's melon dash winner Chris Gribble Ellen Ransley

Chris Gribble took the last race of the day. His secret? Picking the right melon.

"I think I picked the lightest one available," he said.

"It was pretty tiny."

He made the trip to Chinchilla all the way from Burpengary, and said the Melon Fest had been worth the trip.

"It's pretty cool to win the dash," he said.

Check out some of the action shots in our photo gallery.

 


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