HOT STUFF: Troy Cooper's Frank the harvester won best 44-gallon drum.
HOT STUFF: Troy Cooper's Frank the harvester won best 44-gallon drum. Chris Lines

Two Killarney blokes crowned kings of the fire drums

TALENT at Killarney was on fire this year at its annual bonfire night as Troy Cooper and Paul Graham took out 2019's fire drum competition crowns.

Judged on safety, creativity and functionality, the two Killarney residents won best 44 gallon drum entry and best metalwork entry respectively.

Mr Cooper, who entered his field-breathing harvester named Frank, had only been competing for a year before Saturday night's big win and unlike other competitors seemed to take the competition and honour in stride.

"It's not much of a process really,” MrCooper said.

"All you need is some pretty good drums and your idea, which you get your family involved in, and just go from there.”

While Mr Cooper and his family have stuck to a farming theme for the past two years, after 2018's silo design MrCooper said he was ready to shake things up at next year's competition.

"We're already working on something right now, but we don't want to tell everybody what it is just yet,” MrCooper said.

"But we might leave the farm theme for another year so it doesn't become too repetitive.”

This year's competition also marked the first time organiser Louise Brosnan had seen entries from outside the region.

"I was very excited to see exhibits from so far away like from Goondiwindi and Brisbane.”

Ms Brosnan estimated 4000 people attended the bonfire night and about $40,000 was raised for Killarney Memorial Aged Care.

"We have had such wonderful feedback already,” MsBrosnan said.

"We really are lucky to have these exhibitors and volunteers put in that time.”



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