Leister Janetski, from Kingaroy, was one of the “sweepers” stationed around the course to assist any riders who got into trouble

June 19, 2017

Kingaroy Lions Club’s major fundraiser of the year roared into action at the weekend with almost 600 trail bike riders testing their skills on a new course just outside Kingaroy.

The annual two-day Lions Trail Ride attracts keen riders from all over south-east Queensland and this weekend was no different.

Three courses – a 48km open course, a shorter novice circuit and a peewee track – were marked out on Keith and Lindy Crawford’s property near Gordonbrook.

The open course also crossed into adjoining properties belonging to Graham Wilson and Greg Rawlings.

By lunchtime on Saturday, 452 open, 105 novice and 21 peewee riders had registered with more registrations expected on Sunday.

Kingaroy Lions organised the event but other South Burnett service clubs also lent a hand on the day, including Nanango and Wooroolin Lions clubs, Kingaroy Quota club, and the Kingaroy QCWA.

A number of stalls also set up on the grounds offering services such as motorcycle repairs.

On Saturday night, a licensed bar opened, while anyone who wasn’t exhausted from the day of riding could try out the mechanical bull or barrel racing.

Kingaroy Lions Club president Steve Clampit said he wanted to thank major sponsor Stanwell who had supported the events, as well as Fiedler Brothers, PCA, Swickers, Ken Mills Toyota, Kingaroy Plumbing Works, Reece Plumbing and Bill Hull Car Centre.

Stanwell representative Trevor Kilpatrick, the superintendent at Tarong’s coal handling plant, officially declared the trail ride open.

Steve said the event was usually held on last weekend of May, and would possibly return to that date next year.

Having fun along the river bed … most of the water courses were dry except for a small trickle
Kingaroy Lions hard at work … from left Malcolm Clifford, outgoing club president Steve “Jed” Clampit, Scott Roberts and incoming president Norm Jackson
Kingaroy Lions CLub members Julie Clifford and Yvonne Dowling were handling rider registrations
Riders Tom Griffiths and Nathan Gaffney, from Memerambi, were having fun and getting muddy
Nanango Lions Club members were helping out at the course entry points … from left, Don Harrod, Sam Gaffney and club president Mayleen Green
The Lions Trail Ride Base Camp from above (Photo: Denise Keelan Photography)
Members of the Kingaroy Twilight QCWA club were selling morning and afternoon teas
More Kingaroy Lions hard at work … this time in the barbecue area

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables