Cheeky rain dance goes viral
WEARING matching work shirts, footy shorts, thongs and even moustaches, brothers Calem and Jesse Fegan had a few extra layers of clothing on yesterday after footage of their cheeky raindance went viral.
The former winners of the famous Dirt n Dust festival's 'Best Butt' competition were so excited to see rain last week in their outback Queensland town, they decided to film an impromptu nudie run which has been viewed over 350,000 times.
Despite it being the ingredient for their growing fame, the rain hasn't all been good news, with the swollen creeks west meaning the boys are stranded in Mackay after a 21st party up north.
Calem said last week was the first time Julia Creek had received a good downpour and they decided to celebrate.
"It was a spur of the moment thing, it seemed like a good idea," he said.
"It is definitely not the first time we have done it, but I can't say we normally do it on camera.
"We've got no shame in taking our clothes off and it seemed like a funny idea, so away we went."
The pair, who both work as sparkies, sent the video to a media contact in Mount Isa who uploaded it to social media.
"It has actually got a bit out of hand," Calem said.
"We were umming and ahhing whether to even send it, 'cause I'm friends with the crew who first put it up.
"When she first put it up and it got to 10,000 views we actually thought we were pretty awesome. Then when it climbed to 300,000 plus, we were a bit blown away to tell the truth. We're definitely not used to this sort of attention, but I'm sure it is only just a flash in the pan and it will go back to normal after a couple of days."
The pair are no strangers to showing off their "assets", having competed in the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust's Australia's Best Butt competition.
"We had clothes on for that surprisingly, but we get up on a stage... and just shake it for all it's worth," Calem said.
"I won it in 2015, Jesse has come runner up a few times."
Julia Creek has been drought affected for many years and the boys said it was an exciting time for residents to see the heavy rain. "We always seem to be away or out of town (when it rains)," Calem said.
"So to actually be there and actually see such heavy rain come down in such a short amount of time, it was really really exciting. It was about 40mm in 15 to 20 minutes, maybe even half an hour."
The pair are now stranded in Mackay after attending a 21st birthday party in Charters Towers over the weekend.
"When we got up on the morning after the party to leave, all the roads had been cut so I know a few people here in Mackay and decided to come for a visit," Calem said.
Yesterday the boys visited Finch Hatton Gorge and they are in no hurry to get home and back to work.
"Because there has been so much water at home... there is not actually anything we can do for work anyway," Calem said.
"The boss isn't worried. He said you might as well take your time and if it does start raining again it just means you'll get stuck there."
The boys will most likely be hoping they can get home soon though, with more wild weather on the cards for the north of the state.
The Bureau of Meteorology yesterday warned a tropical low developing in the Gulf of Carpentaria has the potential to strengthen to a tropical cyclone from this weekend.