Camel racing final winner Penny Britten on her camel Tyson at the Pinefest in Yeppoon.
Camel racing final winner Penny Britten on her camel Tyson at the Pinefest in Yeppoon. Megan Lewis

Camels, goats, markets and music

PENNY Britten's swift whipping action, yelling and dedication to succeed, made her the winner of the camel race at the Lions Yeppoon 150 Year Heritage Pinefest yesterday.

She joined thousands of locals and visitors, businesses and community groups, who swarmed the streets of Yeppoon for the annual event.

It had everything from camel racing, goat cart racing and rides right through to markets, a beach concert and the main attraction - the colourful street parade - which filled the main street just after lunch.

While Penny, who last raced a camel for a charity event in Dingo when she was 12, sped through to the finish line in no time, another finalist - ABC's rural reporter Mitch Grayson - was forced to take some evasive action when his camel turned on him in the middle of the race.

Penny, who travelled to the Capricorn Coast with her family yesterday, said the race was all in the name of fun.

“It's a lot of fun and I was lucky Tyson (the camel she was riding) was well-behaved,” she said.

John Richardson, the owner of The Big Camel, races camels all over Australia and has had the race in Yeppoon for the past 15-20 years.



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