TAKE A SEAT: Joe Cachia, Eirc 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 Baconfest.
TAKE A SEAT: Joe Cachia, Eirc 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 Baconfest. Michael Nolan

The Men's Shed lends its expertise to Baconfest

IN JUST over 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 Baconfest.

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's 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 have been 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 pre-existing pallet lengths.

There are plans to cover a few of the seats in astro-turf.

Piggy cut-outs.
Piggy cut-outs. Michael Nolan

"When I was 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 Baconfest organisers to use as signs.

They point tourists towards Baconfest activities and other fun things to do in Kingaroy.

Where the magic happens.
Where the magic happens. Michael Nolan

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

One member made a toy pig and another is building more 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 BaconFest Food Market will run from 10am until 8pm on Saturday August 25, and 10am until 3pm on Sunday August 26.

Piggy cut-outs for Baconfest.
Piggy cut-outs for Baconfest. Michael Nolan

The cost of entry will be a gold coin donation.

Speciality 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 Baconfest runs from August 24-26.

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