Ditch­ing RMs for ball gowns

Beef Ball takes farm­ers’ minds away from the pad­dock

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - – Stephanie Whitaker

THE 2014 Bendigo Bank Bur­nett Beef Ball had glam­our, good com­pany and a lighter mood af­ter re­cent rain lifted spir­its.

Biggen­den’s Bur­nett Live­stock & Re­alty hosts the ball each year as an op­por­tu­nity for pro­duc­ers and lo­cals to glam up for a night and for­get about the day-to-day is­sues of pri­mary pro­duc­tion.

Prof­its from the event will be do­nated to Biggen­den Apex Club, which sup­ports many lo­cal com­mu­nity groups.

Bur­nett Live­stock & Re­alty’s Stephanie Whitaker said the con­cept for the ball emerged af­ter the 2011 floods that af­fected many re­gional pro­duc­ers in the Bur­nett.

“Some­times we need to for­get all about the is­sues we are grap­pling with and do some­thing dif­fer­ent to recharge and have a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on things,” Ms Whitaker said.

“The ball is a great way of do­ing this – as well as a chance to dress up and catch up with clients and friends.

“The MC for the night was Karen Brook – Birdsville girl, pilot and en­tre­pre­neur who shared her story of bring­ing ideas to life.”

More than 170 guests from across the Bur­nett and be­yond gath­ered in Biggen­den for the even­ing, and en­joyed some fun with the photo booth to take home a sou­venir.

PHO­TOS: STEPHANIE WHITAKER

A GOOD NIGHT OUT: Spir­itswere high at the Beef Ball, thanks to re­cent rain. En­joy­ing the chance to frock up are Jane and Paul Ste­hbens, Dale and Robyn Hunter, and Tyler and Su­san Bengston, all from Gin Gin.

Ge­orgie Som­er­set, Durong, Vanessa Bam­bling, Gayn­dah, Michelle Mearns, Durong, and Judy Sk­il­ton, Gayn­dah.

Char­lie and Libby White, Biggen­den.

Bur­nett Live­stock & Re­alty’s ball or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee Stephanie Whitaker, Tina D’Es­pos­ito and Kylie Svens­son.

Amanda and Ash­ley Trig­ger, Biggen­den, and Doug and Sue Camp­bell, Gin Gin.

Coal­stoun Lakes ladies Di Rack­e­mann, He­len Dove and Kim Cor­field de­light in a for­mal even­ing.

Jil­lian Cross, Jess Bar­gen­quast and Amanda Hall en­joy the night.

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