September 6, 2012
A “Gathering Of The Tractors” occurred in Kingaroy this afternoon when Tractor Tattoo judges Chris “Corky” Corcoran from CROW-FM, Nicole Connolly from Stanwell and Deputy Mayor Keith Campbell found themselves surrounded by 50 hand-decorated wooden tractors.
Their task? To pick a winner and two runners-up.
The tractors were entered in a competition for not-for-profit groups run by South Burnett Arts Inc in conjunction with the South Bunrett’s Tractor Tattoo Festival.
The tractors motored in from all parts of the region – from Blackbutt to Windera.
The judges carefully eyed off entries from kindergartens and schools, service clubs, arts and music groups, historical societies and even the Friends of the RSPCA.
“The quality of these tractors is really outstanding,” Cr Campbell said.
“It’s obvious that a lot of people have put in a lot of effort into making these and they’re just delightful. They really ought to be congratulated for it.”
Nicole Connolly – from competition sponsor Stanwell – was equally impressed.
“I’ve never been in a room with 50 decorated tractors before. It’s really hard to pick winners from so much great work.”
But perhaps Corky put it best of all: “Mate,” he said, “these tractors are just awesome.”
The judges took more than an hour to make their final selections, carefully inspecting and taking notes as they went around the room.
But after a lot of haggling they finally picked the ultimate winners.
And which ones are they?
Well, we don’t know … and they’re not telling … until September 15.
That’s when the major Tractor Tattoo spectacular will happen in Kingaroy’s Glendon Street Forecourt and when the next official “Gathering Of The Tractors” will occur.
Tractor Tattoo On TV This Sunday
Tractor Tattoo will be featured on Channel 7’s Great South East at 5:30pm Sunday, September 9.