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.
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.