Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

A COW walked into a bar. Even with­out a punch­line, that was enough to please the crowds at the Monto Dairy Fes­ti­val.

“She’s only three, so she was un­der­age as well,” said Black and Gold Dairy farmer Leesa Ison.

Rowena, the thirsty cow, poked her head into the Al­bert Ho­tel, be­fore saun­ter­ing in the front door on Satur­day.

A lit­tle herd of cows then kicked things off for the much-loved Monto Dairy Fes­ti­val street pro­ces­sion, down the main drag and into the show­grounds.

Crowds lined the street and the pub ve­ran­das for the big event, while kids scram­bled on the ground for their share of lol­lies thrown from floats.

Fes­ti­val Queen Sarah Nev­ell and St Therese Catholic School kids fol­lowed the cows, on the back of Bill Kelly’s dec­o­rated truck, while Jack­son, Oliver and Hec­tor Pailthorpe on their tri­cy­cles had the crowd laugh­ing.

Ridge­haven Aged Care won the best float cat­e­gory, for their farm­house gar­den float with flow­ers made from barbed wire and bal­ing twine to fit with the event’s theme.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Ron Mien­t­jes was the only en­trant and proud win­ner in the “most hu­mor­ous trac­tor” cat­e­gory for his po­lice trac­tor, set up with a speed cam­era, siren and po­lice in­signia.

But it was the team pre­par­ing for the Pig Day Out in Novem­ber who took out “most hi­lar­i­ous” for their float with pigs in a pig sty, ducks and DJ Zi­eth in a pink sash.

Monto Pharmacy’s float was all about “hay-fever” with a pa­per mache bum­ble bee, hay bales and run­ner-up fes­ti­val queen Maddy Dug­dale.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil even had a real veg­etable gar­den on its float.

The crowd fol­lowed the floats, trac­tors, mo­tor­bikes, scoot­ers, old cars, lawn mow­ers and live­stock to the show­grounds, for a party that went into the night.


MOOVE ON, NOTH­ING TO SEE: The Monto Dairy Fes­ti­val is the only time the Monto dairy cows join lo­cals at the pub.

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