Crowned in sll his glory: Mr Beef 2010 Bobby Barker receives his Crown of Horns at the Casino RSM Club.
Crowned in sll his glory: Mr Beef 2010 Bobby Barker receives his Crown of Horns at the Casino RSM Club. Jessica George

Crown stolen from new Mr Beef

JAMES ‘BOBBY’ BARKER, of Casino, busted all the right moves at Saturday night’s 2010 Mr Beef competition, an unofficial Beef Week event held at the Casino RSM Club.

However, it was his final dance move, during which the representative footballer wore nothing but a Stetson hat, and it wasn’t on his head, that he really impressed the crowd.

“It was his outstanding dance techniques that won him the title,” RSM Club secretary-manager Darren Schipp said.

Mr Barker dropped his underpants to the floor and covered his groin with his hat.

The move won him the crown, which was presented to him by 2006 Mr Beef, Rod McKey.

Eight contestants vied for the title by stripping down to their underpants while dancing to a song of their choice in front of about 800 people.

A small upset occurred when apprentice butcher Mitchell Morgan, 18, accidentally fell off the stage while attempting toundo his belt.

Mr Schipp said it had ‘all got a bit too much for him’ as he was ‘overcome by the enormity of the event’ and as a result lost hisbalance.

Mr Schipp said the contest was one of the best yet.

However, by Sunday morning, a dark cloud hung over the Mr Beef title.

The winner’s Crown of Horns was missing, presumed stolen.

Mr Schipp confirmed the theft.

“Yes, it’s true, Bobby has been de-horned,” he said.

The crown was last seen at The Commercial Hotel on Saturday night about 10pm.

Mr Barker said it was ‘pinched off my head’ and it had happened so quickly he did not have a chance to see the culprit.

The prized crown, purchased at a local toy shop and valued at $12, has been passed from one Mr Beef to the next for the past five years.

“The whole future of Mr Beef is now in jeopardy,” Mr Schipp said.

Senior Constable Bob White, of the Casino police, said that while the theft of the Crown of Horns had not been reported to police, they would willingly look into the matter should they be required to.

Beef Week president Stuart George said this year’s festival had been a huge success. Saturday’s led steers had been of high quality and had made strong prices.

Despite the rain on Saturday morning, good crowds turned up and Casino’s strong community spirit had shone through again, he said.



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