PULLING TOGETHER: Mark Lockhart, Terry Crowley, Karen Kiley and Amanda Hoey prepare for the human bullock competition at Sandy Creek Pub.
PULLING TOGETHER: Mark Lockhart, Terry Crowley, Karen Kiley and Amanda Hoey prepare for the human bullock competition at Sandy Creek Pub. Bianca Hrovat

No dragging the chain: Sandy Creek Pub pulls in visitors

BULLOCKS were kicking up dust along Sandy Creek Rd for decades before they gave way to motorised trucks, but this Saturday it'll be a whole new type of animal pulling cargo up to the pub.

Grab some mates and strap on a yoke because it's time for humans to do some heavy lifting at the historic Sandy Creek Pub, where the region's first human bullock team competition will be under way.

The competition is the brainchild of pub owner Kev Kiley, who wanted to expand on event offerings after the success of his annual pig race.

He said the pull went back to a time when there was a drinking hole every 6km along the old highway.

"That's how far a bullock chain would go fully loaded in a day,” Mr Kiley said.

But as time went on and the teamsters were forgotten, many of the pubs along the track shut up shop.

"Our pub is one of the last ones standing along that trip so we thought we could do something with that,” Mr Kiley said.

Thankfully the teams of four competitors will not have to take their cargo quite so far.

The race, which is open to anyone willing to work a load, will require patrons to pull a dray of Great Northern kegs through a 30m obstacle course.

"The teams will be linked together with chains but they're not very heavy,” Mr Kiley said.

"I do a lot of miles and I have never heard of an event like it.”

More than a dozen teams have already signed up but Mr Kylie is on the hunt for more and encourages both men and women teams to apply.

In both the mens' and womens' division first prize will be $1000, second prize will be $500 and there is another $250 on offer for best dressed.

"The more the merrier,” Mr Kylie said.

"It's new, it's different and we want people to get involved and have a bit of fun.”

There will be free camping on site and a courtesy bus to take competitors and spectators alike from Warwick and back.

For more information, phone the Sandy Creek Pub on 46613413



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