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.