VOLUNTEERS: Ros Heit, Wendy Krosch, Kaity Payne and Mick Freeman at the Rail Trail Rasher's Run during Kingaroy BaconFest on August 25 2018.
VOLUNTEERS: Ros Heit, Wendy Krosch, Kaity Payne and Mick Freeman at the Rail Trail Rasher's Run during Kingaroy BaconFest on August 25 2018. Jessica McGrath

BaconFest's vision 'bigger and better' rings true

BRINGING back BaconFest was an easy decision to make after such a successful first year.

According to BaconFest coordinator Kylie van Schnydel, this year's vision builds on the idea of 'bigger and better'.

"We're not about changing what worked, it's about improving them and improving our capacity holding ability," she said.

As an example, to accommodate more interest, there is an increase in food stalls with just under 50 for this year, and there are many more heats included in this year's Bacon Eating Competition.

"For us to grow our audience, we need to make sure we can keep the amount of people entertained and catered for. This includes way more bacon because of the popular demand," she said.

Mrs van Schnydel said the first year's success owes a thanks to a hard-working committee.

"They're all passionate about our community and work really hard for the success of our whole region, and when everyone's invested it pays off," she said.

Mrs van Schnydel said the support of the entire community also helped.

"Groups and businesses came on board to help simply because they're proud of the community and wanted BaconFest to go well," she said.

Mrs van Schnydel said the BaconFest committee have the main goal to continue growing until they become a destination event.

"Everyone will want to know about BaconFest, and we've already had so much attention on us already after last year," she said.

Some of the attention also includes the television show Great Day Out, hosted by Alistair McLeod, that is dedicated an episode to Kingaroy's BaconFest food goods.

"The filming is great for BaconFest, and the idea of Glendon Street being filled with so many people during BaconFest is keeping us going when planning gets a bit tough," she said.

Don't forget to mark this year's BaconFest event into your calendar, from August 23 to 25.