Keeping an eye on the food being cooked over an open fire were Jake Murray, from Macalister; Rachael Caldwell, from Bell; and Callum McMurdy, from Kumbia

February 17, 2017

The Reef’n’Beef Extravaganza has been running for an amazing nine years … serving up seafood and roast beef to a horde of a revellers in the (almost) middle of nowhere.

As in other years, people trekked from all over the South Burnett – and places more distant – to join in the feast at the tiny Ironpot Hall, south-west of Kingaroy.

When Reef’n’Beef began, it was confined to the hall but it quickly outgrew this space so marquees are now erected every year in front of the hall.

The organisers of Reef’n’Beef are Team Ironpot, a not-for-profit association that was formed by a group of motorcycling friends after the death of a mate, Dave Schmidt, during the 2008 Finke Desert Race near Alice Springs.

Reef’n’Beef was created as a community fundraiser with money raised used to help associations in the Ironpot area.

Team Ironport member Sonya Henschen said on Saturday night that numbers were down a little on last year, but the organisers were still “very happy” with the bookings.

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South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell, and his wife Marion; Cr Terry Fleischfresser and his wife Carol; and Member for Nanango and Deputy Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington
Former Kingaroy singer David Hughes and drummer Wayne Evans provided the music
Rod Gossow, from Ironpot, and Shiralee Hann, Kingaroy
Dannielle Burgess and her father Tony, from Kingaroy ... looking forward to Reef'n'Beef
Team Ironpot's Sonya Henschen, from Ironpot, and Kylie Millican, from Durong, were kept busy collecting tickets at the gate
Lachlan Hancock, from Kumbia; Brock Morris, Highfields; and Scotty Williams, Clermont
Susan and Catherine Mahoney and Janelle Henschen, from Kingaroy
Team Ironpot members Stuart and Craig Blackburn, from Toowoomba; and Glen Watson, Kumbia
The Crumptons Crew ... getting in the spirit to enjoy an evening of food and fun