There’s been a changing of the chief at Kingaroy BaconFest HeadQuarters.
Kingaroy BaconFest is an annual celebration of one of the world’s most important food groups, bacon. It began in August 2018 and last year attracted an estimated crowd of 15, 000.
Former Chief Baconeer and festival founder Kathryn Stevens resigned from the position at the Committee’s recent AGM and will be replaced by former BaconFest Entertainment Coordinator Kristy Board. Mrs Board has a wealth of experience in event management and economic development and has been the driving force behind the Main Stage entertainment and Miss BaconFest pin-up pageants for the past two years.
She said she was passionate about volunteering and excited by the challenge ahead. “I’ve hit the ground running as fast as a greasy pig and can’t wait to see what this year brings. I’m confident this role will stretch me in ways I never thought possible but supported by a committee of talented volunteers I’ll work hard to ensure BaconFest continues to grow and bring visitors to the South Burnett,” Mrs Board said. “I am so proud to call this region home and I’m looking forward to working with neighbouring destination events and Visit South Burnett to showcase all that this beautiful corner of South East Queensland has to offer.”
Mrs Board also paid tribute to former Chief Mrs Steven. “What a remarkable pair of shoes I have to fill! Under Kath’s leadership our committee has achieved far greater success, in our first two years, than we could ever have imagined,” she said. Mrs Stevens will continue to serve on the BaconFest Committee as Publicity Officer and said it was important, she step down from the top job this year.
“It’s been a wild ride and I’ve loved the challenge but my kids are still young and it’s important I spend some extra time with them this year,” Mrs Stevens said. “Changing Chiefs every few years can be incredibly healthy for a volunteer festival committee. It helps to ensure sustainability and allows multiple people to make their mark by taking the festival in new and exciting directions. I know Kristy will serve our bacon-loving fan base well.”
Mrs Board said the immediate challenge this year was COVID-19 and current restrictions on public gatherings. “This is completely new territory for our committee and our community and it’s important we rally together, support each other and listen to the experts,” she said.
“We’ve been speaking to the South Burnett Regional Council and Southern Queensland Country Tourism to seek their advice on the best way forward. “We’ve also been speaking to the organisers of other events scheduled to take place in our region during the next six months to ensure that we’re united in our plan of attack.”
Mrs Board is currently employed as Economic Development Officer for South Burnett Regional Council but her role as Chief Baconeer will be entirely voluntary. A conflict of interest management plan has also been drafted in line with the Council’s policy.