Thursday, September 6, 2007

Peanut Festival

After five days of non-stop rain, wind and overcast skies (of course) it is hoped the Peanut Festival can get off to a good start in the morning.
This more or less what happens :-

Are You A Real Tuff Nutt?
Proud to be Australian! Proud to be Country!
This September Go Nuts With Us in Kingaroy at the inaugural Queensland Strong Man Games!
Kingaroy is located in the South Burnett region of Queensland, Australia just a little over 200km north-west of Brisbane. We're probably best known as the Peanut Capital of Australia - and have been since 1924! The Peanut Festival has been held in Kingaroy since 1959 and it's our way of celebrating the prosperity that peanuts have brought to our area.
This year the family friendly PCA Peanut Festival has a whole new look and a new location - Kingaroy Showgrounds.
Bust Ya Nuts!
The 2007 PCA Peanut Festival will be celebrating Kingaroy’s peanut heritage in a comical way showing off the strength and resilience of the local community. We are challenging the rest of Australia to test their strength in the family friendly Qld Strong Man Games.
The feature event of the Qld Strong Man Games will be the Guinness World Record Setting “Peanut Thresher Pull”.
There will also be three levels of other games for men, women and children: • “Little Peanut Games”, sponsored by the Little Peanuts Early Learning Centre • The Mission Australia Junior Qld Strong Man Games for primary school children, and • The open Qld Strong Man Games for upper teens and adults.
Teams and individuals from all over Queensland and Australia are being encouraged to trek to Kingaroy to try out for the “Tuff Nutt” Awards.
So if you've ever lived in Kingaroy, have friends here or always wanted to visit us, there's never been a better time to do it! Our site will tell you what's on at this year's Festival; how to get here; where to find accommodation; and where to get up-to-date tourist information about all the other great things you and your family can see and do while you're here.
Let The Games Begin!
ENTRY FEE: $5 adults (under 18s free)PARKING: $5 (behind BGA)
The 2007 Peanut Festival is brought to you with the help of our fantastic sponsors:
Queensland Events
Peanut Company Of Australia
Kingaroy Shire Council
• South Burnett Times
The Peanut Van
Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Sponsors page

Have You Got What It Takes?
If so ... you'll need a Registration Form and you must also sign a Participant's Agreement.Simply download these (you'll need Acrobat Reader ... a free download off the web) and then mail to:Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and IndustryPO Box 930, Kingaroy, 4610Or fax to (07) 4162-8431.For more information, contact John or Polly on (07) 4162-8466.
Registration Form (188kb)
Participant's Agreement (17kb)
Guide to the Games (49kb)
Thresher Pull Rules (26kb)
Roulette Roars Back For More Aerial Fun
The Roulette display from last year is back again by popular demand! A solo Roulette aircraft from the RAAF's skilled aerobatic team will put on an exciting display over the Kingaroy Showgrounds during the opening ceremony of the Queensland Strong Man Games about noon.This will be followed by a spectacular flag parachute jump by Dave Benson.The day will kick off at 9:00am with the Farmers and Strong Man breakfast and entertainment from The Leaping Loonies, the Kingaroy State School Instrumental Band and the Kingaroy High School Jazz Ensemble plus a display by the Mascot Working Border Collies.
A Very Big Thank You!
The Queensland Events Regional Development Program is a major supporter of the 2007 Kingaroy Peanut Festival! Their support - plus the assistance of our loyal sponsors - is the main reason why the Peanut Festival has been able to go ahead in leaps and bounds in recent years. The QERDP is a State Government initiative designed to take unique and creative regional events to their full potential. Since it began in 2001, more than $7.8 million has been invested in more than 370 events in regional Queensland.
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September is early Spring in the South Burnett and if you've ever been here before, you might like to make a full weekend of it!
The South Burnett is one of the State's prettiest agricultural areas. Kingaroy is particularly famous for its rich red soils.
The South Burnett is also the home of two of Queensland's top inland waterways (lovely Lake Boondooma and the sweeping Bjelke-Petersen Dam).
In addition, we're now becoming known as Queensland's Hunter Valley because of our booming wine industry.
And the Bunya Mountains - abounding with wildlife - are just a short 55km away.
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