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There’s nothing more Aussie than wrapping your laughing gear around a meat pie! The winners of this year’s Kingaroy pie-eating competition were Cardell Turner (2nd), Scott Collier (1st) and Mick Freeman (3rd) … Scott overcame Cardell and reigning champion Mick in a photofinish

January 30, 2019

Australia Day was spent in fine fashion around the South Burnett at the weekend … with meat pies, lamingtons, jumping dogs, gumboots and even a few cooee calls.

The official South Burnett Awards night was held on Friday night in Blackbutt (see separate report).

Then on Saturday, attention turned to official and non-official events held in just about every town in the region.

In Kingaroy, a fun morning organised by a small committee headed by Cr Danita Potter was held at the rear of the Town Common Hall in Oliver Bond Street.

It included bush poetry, wacky competitions, popular Australian songs, a citizenship ceremony and several speeches.

South Burnett Australia Day Ambassador Justine Christerson, who had been the guest speaker in Blackbutt, shared her story.

South Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt then explained the history of how January 26 had become a public holiday as well as telling some amusing stories about differences Australians encounter when travelling overseas.

Breakfast was provided by Kingaroy Lions, while the Kingaroy Girl Guides did face painting and the Kingaroy Scouts provided fairy floss and a jumping castle.

Other community groups to help on the day included Kingaroy Quota, Kingaroy Men’s Shed, Taabinga Rotary, Kingaroy Rotary, Kingaroy QCWA, 135ACU and South Burnett Flight Savers.

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Cadets from the 135 Army Cadet Unit conducted a flag-mounting ceremony ahead of the official Australia Day proceedings in Kingaroy

South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell and Agriculture Minister and Member for Maranoa David Littleproud with the two new Australian citizens sworn in at the Kingaroy event … former Southhampton (UK) residents Michael and Susan Cove

Two of the bush poets … Peg Downs, from Ironpot, and Dan Rutley, Booie

South Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt explained the history of Australia Day

Winners of the cooee competition … from left, Tommy Beil, 11; James Connor (with Zac, 20 months); and Neil Salmon

Riley Slatter, Susan Dowideit-Reiger and members of the Kingaroy State High School vocal group sang some favourites including “I Still Call Australia Home”, “Tenterfield Saddler” and “Waltzing Matilda”

Ruby Beil, 6, from Kingaroy, was getting stuck in during the lamington-eating competition

Kahn Fleischfresser, 7, from Kingaroy, tried a two-handed approach to his lamingtons …

… while the youngest competitor, Dean Collier, 15 months, wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about

The winner of the “junior” round of the lamington-eating competition was Evan Freeman, 8, from Kingaroy … he was presented with his prize by sponsor Dale Cox, from Cox Plumbing

The winners of the “senior” lamington competition were Thomas Frohloff, 11, Kingaroy; and Josh Freeman, 12, Kingaroy

And they’re off … the adult food challenge involved eating two meat pies in the quickest time

Damien Martoo, from The Martoo Review, couldn’t help himself … he had to keep on filming as he ate his pies

The cane toad race … yes, you’re right they’re not toads (so who forgot the toads, this year?) The race involved youngsters hopping out of the ring (just like toads), but with their eyes closed. The winners were given cartons of eggs left over after the Lions sausage sizzle

Some of the crowd gathered to watch the fun and games in the Kingaroy Town Common

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Cr Ros Heit, Wondai Race Club president Roy Radunz and Cr Kathy Duff (right) congratulated Proston’s community nurse Kathy Crane on her Hivesville-Proston Local Achiever Award

Boondooma Homestead organised a community dinner and concert at the historic property.

The event kicked off with a flag-raising ceremony at 5:00pm and continued in the Homestead’s barn, which is normally used to house the large crowds that attend the annual Bush Balladeers Muster each April and Scots In The Bush Festival in August.

Guests were ferried to the Homestead from Murgon, Wondai, Hivesville and Proston by bus, and this year’s Hivesville-Proston Local Achiever award winner Kathy Crane was a special guest.

Boondooma Homestead’s Australia Day activities got under way with a flag-raising ceremony, and were followed by a community dinner and concert

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Hivesville’s Australia Day was given an authentic Aussie touch when Cathy Hayes turned up with a horse … she’s pictured with Barbara Hockey

Hivesville began the town’s Australia Day bright and early with a community barbecue breakfast in Anzac Park opposite the Hivesville Hotel.

The breakfast was catered by members of the Hivesville Progress Association, and members had to get up fairly early on Saturday to ensure they could begin serving the first dishes at 7:00am.

Julie Ramke and Heather Cronin, from the Hivesville Progress Association, manned the barbecue to serve up a freshly cooked Aussie breakfast to the hungry crowd

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Former Wallaby player Rod Hauser was the guest speaker at the Australia Day event at Murgon’s Dairy Museum

Murgon marked Australia Day at the Queensland Dairy and Heritage Museum with a community breakfast and family fun morning.

The barbecue breakfast got underway at 7:00am and was followed by a recognition of Murgon’s Australia Day Award winners at 8:30am, then live music from Pat and Michael Pincott and a flag-raising ceremony before concluding with a morning tea about 10:30am.

Murgon Lions and the Cloyna rural firies also organised a fun afternoon at Cloyna Hall which featured old-fashioned games and even some gumboot tossing.

After the recognition ceremony, Murgon’s Australia Day Award winners and nominees gathered with Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff for a group photo

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Nanango’s Australia Day event, held at Nanango Showgrounds, was organised by NaTDA in conjunction with the Nanango Show Society and the South Burnett Regional Council.

Local residents enjoyed a free breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon and sausages to start the day off.

The dog high jump – a competition unique to Nanango – again proved popular.

Other highlights of the day included a tug-o-war, the official naming of the “Les Schloss Meeting Room” (see separate report), and a performance by local musician Jeff Hancox.

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Wondai’s two recent Order Of Australia medal winners – Wondai Gallery curator Elaine Madill OAM and South Burnett Race Club president Roy Radunz OAM – were congratulated by Cr Ros Heit … Roy’s award was announced last June in the Queen’s Birthday honours, and Elaine’s was announced on Australia Day

Wondai marked Australia Day with a community breakfast on the lawns of Wondai Town Hall that drew an estimated 200 people.

The breakfast was catered by the Wondai Lions Club and serenaded by the Wondai and District Band, who set up underneath the town hall’s entrance awning.

As well as the open air breakfast, the morning’s activities also featured an Australia Day Affirmation and a flag-raising ceremony, as well as special recognition for Wondai’s two recent OAM recipients, Roy Radunz and Elaine Madill, and winners and nominees of this year’s South Burnett Australia Day Awards.

A large crowd packed the lawns outside Wondai Town Hall for the annual Australia Day community breakfast, which was catered by the Wondai Lions Club

The Wondai and District Band provided the music for the breakfast from under the cover of the town hall’s entrance awning

QFES Chaplain Alan Sage chatted with Winston Burrows from the Wondai and District Town Band

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Congratulations to everyone with South Burnett connections who received awards in the Australia Day Honours list:

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[Photos by, Cr Kathy Duff and Cr Ros Heit]

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