Men’s Shed help­ing out Ba­con Fest

South Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Michael Nolan michael.nolan @south­bur­nett­

IN lit­tle more than a month’s time, Kin­garoy’s Glen­don St will be a hive of ac­tiv­ity.

It will be lined with gourmet food vans, dozens of cus­tom-made bar­be­cue and smoker set-ups and mar­ket stalls while it serves as a fo­cal point for Ba­con Fest.

With thou­sands of tourists set to descend on Kin­garoy for the week­end-long fes­ti­val, it’s only right we give them some­where com­fort­able to sit.

This is where the blokes from Kin­garoy Men’s Shed come in.

They have been fever­ishly work­ing away in their workshop build­ing chairs, ta­bles and benches out of old fork­lift pal­lets.

Men’s Shed pres­i­dent Eric Ford said most of the pal­lets were do­nated by Swick­ers.

“We like the Swick­ers pal­lets be­cause they are food-grade, they are cleaner and more hygienic,” he said.

The blokes were given or­ders to build 20 benches and ot­toman-style seats along with a hand­ful of smaller stools.

A few mi­nor al­ter­ations were needed to make the seats more bum-friendly, in­clud­ing thin lengths of tim­ber to block gaps in the pal­let lengths.

There are even plans to cover a few of the seats in ar­ti­fi­cial grass.

“When I saw these types of chairs at Rock­hamp­ton’s Beef Expo, they did have them cov­ered and they do look quite nice,” Mr Ford said.

“We try to make every­thing sort of friendly look­ing.”

Along with the seats, the blokes are mak­ing a dozen piggy cut-outs cov­ered in chalk­board paint for fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers to use as signs.

They will point tourists to­wards Ba­con Fest ac­tiv­i­ties and other fun things to do in Kin­garoy.

As part of the pay­ment for their ser­vices, the or­gan­is­ers gave the men a stall at the Ba­con Fest mar­kets, where they will sell wooden toys and other nov­elty items.

One mem­ber made a toy pig and an­other is build­ing sculp­tural pigs from re­cy­cled gas cylin­ders.

“Hope­fully we’ll be able to sell a few items, pro­mote the Men’s Shed and pro­mote men’s health,” Mr Ford said.

The Ba­con Fest Food Mar­ket will run from 10am-8pm on Satur­day, Au­gust 25, and 10am-3pm on Sun­day, Au­gust 26.

The cost of en­try will be a gold coin do­na­tion.

Spe­cialty food trucks from across south­east Queens­land have ap­plied to take part and all food ven­dors are re­quired to put a pork or ba­con spin on their menu.

There will be live mu­sic from lo­cal artists plus other en­ter­tain­ment through­out the day.

Kin­garoy Ba­con Fest runs from Au­gust 24-26.


TAKE A SEAT: Joe Cachia, Eric Ford, Paul Reeves, Phil Day and Tom John­son, along with other blokes from the Kin­garoy Men's Shed, have been hard at work build­ing seat­ing and pig-in­spired sig­nage for Ba­con Fest.

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