Clifton man Luke Bichel is hopeful he has what it takes to represent his town.
Clifton man Luke Bichel is hopeful he has what it takes to represent his town.

Mr CLifton search heats up

THEY might have escaped a budgie smuggler catwalk, but there will still be plenty of the Clifton men on show to strut their stuff this September.

Sheet metal fabrication apprentice Luke Bichel is one of those men in the running to become Mr Clifton, to promote the Clifton and district region.

Clifton and District Progress Association secretary Cynthia Conway said there had been four nominations with five more awaiting confirmation, and she encouraged more to take up the challenge.

“We are only a small town and we are trying to promote our region and push the town along a bit,” Mrs Conway said.

She said the event was opened to Clifton and district men who resided in the area or had strong family ties to the area.

“Nominees can be 18 to 100 and still have a pulse,” she laughed.

Mr Bichel has lived in the region for most of his life, attended Saint Francis de Sales and Clifton State High School before commencing employment at Eastern Downs Caravan Storage.

“I have lived in the community and thought I should give something back,” Mr Bichel said.

“I saw this Mr Clifton challenge and thought it would be a good way to get involved.”

He said he thought he would be the perfect winner for the town he described as “a friendly and happy place”.

“I am young, energetic and ready to give back,” he said.

The winner will have a program of duties to attend to representing the region, including taking part in the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers parade on the Clifton float.

“Anyone who wants him we are going to give him out,” Mrs Conway laughed.

“It’s going to be a fun and quirky event.”

Mrs Conway said there would be prizes awarded to the winner who would hold the coveted title for 12 months.

Judges will mainly be women but Mrs Conway said would also involve a man to be the “voice of reason”.

Entrants will be judged on their style and deportment skills, the way they represent their favourite sport and handle audience questions.

Mrs Conway said it would be a great night enjoyed by all, as the audience would play an important role in selecting “the stud” to represent the shire.

“The audience will have a vote and an opportunity to ask them questions,” she said.

“Cheering and jeering will be mandatory.

“All in all it will be a fun night with a semi-serious result, as the guy we want has got to have a personality and be prepared to represent Clifton and District.”


When: Saturday, September 11.

Where: New Tivoli Theatre, Fisher Street, Clifton.

Cost: $5 entry.

Any group, school, business or individual is invited to nominate a candidate for Mr Clifton before September 4 (Forms are available from Lynetz in King Street or the Clifton Courier).

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