The ute pull will be back again at the South Burnett Community Fun Day (Photo: Nancy Jayde Photography)

August 15, 2019

The South Burnett Community Family Fun Day – a fundraiser for the LifeFlight Foundation – is on the move again … this time Nanango will be playing host!

Last year the fun day, the brainchild of Kingaroy resident Cardell Turner, raised about $17,600 for the rescue helicopter service.

This year, he’s hoping for even more …

Cardell launched the fun day in 2017 as part of an effort to repay LifeFlight for the care they provided when he suffered an horrific motorbike accident in 2016.

He broke 12 ribs, several vertebrae, punctured his lung and cracked his chest wall – and wasn’t expected to survive.

But the LifeFlight helicopter, with a critical care doctor on board, reached him in time.

Cardell organised the inaugural Fun Day in Kingaroy’s Memorial Park by himself, but last year he had a committee helping him.

This bigger event, which included a pre-fun day dinner and the new Top Gun Challenge (obstacle course, tug o’ war and ute pull) , was shifted to the Kingaroy Showgrounds.

This year Nanango Showgrounds will be the venue.

The fundraising will begin again on Friday night (August 16) with a three-course meal at the showgrounds prepared by Judy Crawford from J.C. Catering.

A special guest will be six-year-old Louis Brown who was severely injured as a toddler when he was kicked in the face by a horse.

An RACQ LifeFlight helicopter flew Louis from Kingaroy Hospital to Brisbane for surgery,

Other guests will include Mandy Hentschel and Jodi Durkin from LifeFlight.

An auction on the night, which will include calcuttas on the following day’s pig races, will be conducted by John Allery, from Raine and Horne, Kingaroy.

Entertainment will be provided by Ryza and Damien Martoo.

Tickets can be booked online or purchased at Kingaroy Office Central in Haly Street, Kingaroy.

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Team Kingaroy Fitness taking part in the tug o’war last year
Senior Sergeant Dave Tierney will be returning to the dunking tank this year

The main day will kick off at noon on Saturday (August 17) at Nanango Showgrounds with Skin n’ Bone hitting the stage.

Cardell said some of the entertainment on the day will include routines by Karate 4 Kids, La Crème Dance Academy, St John’s Lutheran School whipcracking team and acts from Waterhole Rocks.

There will also be a show’n’shine with car owners able to enter on the day for a $5 entry fee.

Noah’s Performance Racing Pigs will run three pig races. Fans can buy raffle tickets prior to each race to enter a sweepstakes to win cash on the winner (or bid in the calcutta at the dinner on Friday night).

The muscle-testing Top Gun Challenge is back again this year.

This consists of teams of five entering events which include an obstacle course, a team tug o’ war and a ute pull. A trophy is up for grabs in each event.

Teams can enter the Top Gun Challenge online or visit Kingaroy Fitness Centre or Kingaroy Office Central.

The dreaded Dunk Tank is also returning with a line-up of local personalities prepared to take up the challenge.

These include Kingaroy Police officer-in-charge Dave Tierney who is returning along with South Burnett councillors including Danita Potter, Gavin Jones and Roz Frohloff.

Food and drinks will be available from the Goomeri Lions, Taabinga Rotary and Bunya District Scouts plus three coffee vans and an ice cream van.

A licensed bar will also be operating.

For the children, there will be a laser assault course, merry-go-round and jumping castles.

The presentation of trophies for the Top Gun Challenge will take place at 5:45pm.

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Calcuttas and raffles means real money can be won at the pig races (Photo: Denise Keelan Photography)
The mesh net was the first section of the Top Gun Challenge obstacle course last year …
… followed by this …
… and this (and even more strength-testing challenges were to come)

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