Cane crush... sweet

Moss­man mill fi­fires up the boil­ers Cross dress­ing Crocs set to hit run­way

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

HAR­VESTERS were out be­fore dawn on Tues­day cut­ting the Dou­glas re­gion’s first load of sugar cane of the sea­son while mill bosses prayed the threat­en­ing skies would not dump any rain.

“If any rain fell now it would be a night­mare for us,” the field and trans­port man­ager Craig But­land said.

“The cane is pretty sturdy but any heavy rain is cer­tainly un­wanted be­cause it would mean the ma­chin­ery would not be able to get into the fields and would only de­lay the har­vest which is some­thing we cer­tainly don’t need.”

But within a mat­ter of hours the first sugar train pulled into Mackay Sugar’s Moss­man Mill where the first 40-tonne bin of bil­lets were tipped into the hopper to be­gin its jour­ney along the con­veyor belt and into the boiler.

Mr But­land said from that point sugar is ex­tracted from the bil­lets and once it’s de­cided what type of sugar will be pro­duced, such as low GI, it then con­tin­ues on to a sec­ond boiler to com­plete the process.

As re­ported in last week’s Gazette, police have warned mo­torists to be aware of cane train and cane bin trucks in­creased pres­ence in the re­gion un­til the crush is com­pleted to­ward the end of the year. MEN have loved to dress-up as women since the be­gin­ning of time and to cel­e­brate this tra­di­tion: Crocs in Frocks is back.

The annual AFL cross-dress­ing event is on this Satur­day night and com­pe­ti­tion is fierce with a new bathing-suit en­try sure to please the crowd.

“This is the big one,” Croc’s pres­i­dent Andy Smith said.

“En­trants in the Crocs in Frocks beauty pageant will come out in for­mal wear to mu­sic of their choice and will then be asked ques­tions.”

“They will go away and come back in swim­suits and an­swer more ques­tions and there will be lady judges who will score them on their at­tire, pos­ture and their sex­i­ness,” he said.

“There’s go­ing to be jelly shoot­ers, heaps of give­aways and raf­fles dur­ing the night and food avail­able.”

Money raised goes back to the Crocs club, but Smith said this is not the real rea­son why the AFL players get dressed up as Crocs in Frocks.

“Since Je­sus started playing dress-ups in Jerusalem the tra­di­tion has been passed down and the fact is men do love to dress up as women,” he said.

“This week­end we’re go­ing to give them an op­por­tu­nity to shows us what they have got, it’s a bit of fun and if we do well this year I might talk to other sport­ing clubs who I’m sure like to dress up as well and we might even have a Miss Port Dou­glas in Frocks.

“They could travel any­where in the world to the fi­nals - it could be big­ger than the Bea­tles.”

The fes­tiv­i­ties kick off at 2pm with a Ladies Day - for real women not the Crocs’ ver­sions - tick­ets cost $25 and in­clude three glasses of cham­pagne, lunch do­nated by the Port BBQ Chick­ens and a show bag of good­ies. And then at 7pm the search is on for the new Miss Crocs in Frocks 2012.

The Crocs also play this Satur­day at the Croc pit at the Port Dou­glas oval.

Con­tact Andy Smith for Ladies Day tick­ets on 0408 985 372.

Sweet char­i­ots: Joe Ral­dini op­er­ates the cane har­vester as Shane Caval­laro drives his truck be­side the har­vester col­lect­ing the sugar bil­lets.

Ten­der mo­ment: Max­ine Man­nder­ley and Ryena Wor­netta Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

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