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(PHOTOS) The 2023 Madison Avenue Derby

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(PHOTOS) The 2023 Madison Avenue Derby

Fans cheer on the competitors during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.
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Decatur, GA — The 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby took place on Saturday, Oct. 21. Cheering fans lined the course behind hay bales as a parade of clever, gravity-powered derby cars raced down Madison Avenue in Decatur.

The event has raised over $300,000 in its first eleven years through local business sponsorships, participation by racers, and community giving for local non-profit organizations serving the needs of children. 

The 2023 event beneficiary is Urban Recipe, an organization that addresses food insecurity and helps to build community among under-resourced individuals and families in metro Atlanta. 

Quinn Burnett, 10, gives a double thumbs up from the driver’s seat of her Pikachu car while she waits in the staging area. Her crew includes her mother Janet (left) and grandmother Barbara Blanchard. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Arlo Bradley with his Speed Planter car in the staging area during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

(Left to Right) Brothers Nicholas, Jonah, and Heath Parker with their Skull car during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Oliver Gerry Walton, 9, is ready to take on the hill in his X-wing fighter during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

(Left to Right) “Swifties” Nora Kask, Maggie Zygmont and Chloe Kask get ready to take on the hill in their Taylor Swift inspired car during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

The Barbie Corvette crew heads to the starting line during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

All systems are go for Penny Daymude as she waits for her turn on the hill during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Jackson Stuart waits for the word from the starter during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

The Speed Planter, complete with a dead tree in the rear box, heads down the hill during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Penny Daymude prepares to take on the hill during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

The checkered flag waver waits at the finish line for the next racer during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Emory Adams watches the action with his family during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Neesh Dunworth aims for the finish line during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

A competitor speeds toward the finish line during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

A bale of hay car sheds a few stalks as it speeds to the finish line during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Harlow Stone speeds down the hill during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

A competitor nears the finish line during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Jonathan Golshir and his daughter Nora check out one of the cars during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Charlee Garcia appears focused on the task as she waits to start a run down the hill in the first heat of the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Lila takes a practice wave with the checkered flag at the finish line during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Jessie Griggs and her daughter Emma, 5, cheer on the competitors during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Swifties move swiftly down the hill during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Thunder Wolf crosses the finish line during the 12th annual Madison Avenue Derby in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Photo by Dean Hesse

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