The Melbourne Cup is known as the race that stops the nation, but last Tuesday , a different race brought Exmouth to a halt. The 2021 Diaper Derby at Froth Craft Brewery saw thoroughbred babies and toddlers compete in a 3.8m sprint with onlookers crowding the streets to cheer on the youngsters. This years race included two heats and a final among crawlers aged between eight and 14 months and also included a new stumblers category — kids up to the age of two. 11-month-old sprinter Max Mcgee took out the prestigious race. Froth director Pete Firth said the the third instalment of the event was the largest in history. “We had a crowd of onlookers outside the venue just bewildered as to what was happening,” he said. Mr Firth said the Diaper Derby was the antithesis of the Melbourne Cup. “Coral Bay have crab racing and a few years ago we thought how can we actually beat that and not involve any animals,” he said. “It takes advantage of proud parents who all think their child is the fastest.” Mr Firth said the tradition of Diaper Derby started at the Kentucky Sate Fair in the 1950’s. Mr Firth said the high number of participants was due to Exmouth’s baby boom. So this is awesome to see a lot of them coming down and and cheering on their kids,” he said. “It's funny when you start to cheer on a kid though sometimes you distract them. Potentially the best thing is to find the incentive for them. “For one kid that was a tape measure. for another was a strawberry or just the simple, simple image of mum waiting at the finishing line.” Mr Firth said the race could be expanded to an interregional competition and be included in the next Gascoyne Games. “Froth Craft Brewery would love to support that. We'll put that in writing at the moment. We'll definitely fund a baby racing contingent at any interregional sporting games competition,” he said.