Two of the team of judges, Cr Kirstie Schumacher and Chief Baconeer Kristy Board, with a pair of handsome peanuts outside the Glendon Street Cafe

August 13, 2021

The Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry did not allow a little thing like a global pandemic from stopping their BaconFest window competition from going ahead.

Sadly, COVID-19 restrictions did stop the actual festival but the KCCI encouraged shop owners to still go all out to add a Pork’n’Peanuts flavour to Kingaroy’s shop windows.

And the businesses rose to the occasion!

A small group of judges – including KCCI representatives, BaconFest committee members, councillors, Kingaroy police Inspector Chris Pemberton and CROW-FM breakfast announcer Shaz Birkett – wandered around the Kingaroy CBD on Friday morning to check out the displays.

They encountered plenty of flying pigs – and many pork puns – and lots and lots of pink porkers and peanuts.

The judging was tough.

Many CBD businessed filled their windows, and even the Kingaroy TAFE College entered the competition!

And the winner?

The judges’ choice was unanimous … Cake’A’Licious in Kingaroy Street stole the show.

Owner  Kate Rider even has a “spot the difference” competition running in conjunction with her display.

The runner-up was Kay Apparel in Haly Street, whose mini Bacon Man stole the judges’ hearts.

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KCCI members and judges with owner Kate Rider outside the winning window at Cake’A’Licious … from left, KCCI president Damien Martoo, Shaz Birkett (CROW-FM), Inspector Chris Pemberton, Cr Kirstie Schumacher, Jacqui Trace (KCCI), Gail Gibson (BaconFest), Chief Baconeer Kristy Board, Kate Rider (Cake’A’Licious) and Michael Sanford (KCCI)
Ride’em Peanut! The Cake’A’Licious window saluted the Pork’n’Peanuts theme
The judges tot up their scores in the Glendon Street Forecourt … and the winner is?
Kingaroy Fitness’ window was filled with pork buns, I mean pork “puns”
Some more piglets hamming it up at Kingaroy Fitness in Alford Street
The Lifeline store also pigged out with its window display in Kingaroy Street
Some more of Lifeline’s pretty little piglets
This porker was browsing through the sunflowers at Amiches Hair Studio in Haly Street
Kingaroy Office Central’s pigs were comforting themselves in lockdown by setting up a home office

A familiar face from the old days in Kingaroy also reappeared at Amiches Hair Studio!

There’s a lot of children’s books about pigs at the Kingaroy Library display
Kay Apparel, in Haly Street, had the runner-up display …
… which even included a mini Bacon Man romping with some peanut pals!
Some furry pigs have taken over the window at Studio J in Haly Street
Judging team with travel consultants Renee Elliott and Amanda Tattersall, centre, from Helloworld Travel in Alford Street
KCCI president Damien Martoo with Michael and Kay Rahe, from Kay Apparel in Haly Street

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Kingaroy Visitor Information Centre says people can still celebrate BaconFest by buying merchandise.

A South Burnett Regional Council spokesperson said the Kingaroy VIC has an assortment of BaconFest-themed shirts, stubby coolers, pens, fidget spinners, caps, bouncy balls, bacon jam and more for sale.


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