WHY DID THE COW WALK INTO A BAR ?
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.