Former Mr Beef Week Rob McKey of Casino easily lifts his girlfriend Kerry-Anne McBride of Kyogle.
Former Mr Beef Week Rob McKey of Casino easily lifts his girlfriend Kerry-Anne McBride of Kyogle. David Nielsen

Mr Beef says the time has arrived to hoof it

DON'T wear a G-string, leave the baby oil at home and be prepared to strip down to your undies.

These are the tips from Mr Beef 2006 Rod McKey, of Kyogle, for those vying to be his successor this year.

"I'll have to hand my crown over this year and I'm not that happy about it," he said with a chuckle.

Rod claimed the title after a series of gruelling elimination rounds which involved dancing in his underpants in front of about 600 people.

"It was all a bit of a laugh at the time, but I did win a keg of beer," he said.

Tapping the keg with his AFL buddies at a buck's night recently was a fitting tribute, considering Rod represented the sport in Mr Beef.

"My mates thought it was all a bit of a laugh, but I've had a few people shout 'Beef King' at me when I'm on the field," he said.
Rod said the Mr Beef competition was a great way for men to get involved with Casino Beef Week and promote their chosen sport.

"AFL has the lowest number of players in the area compared with other sports, so it was a good way to promote the sport," he said.

One person not complaining about him winning the title was his girlfriend Kerry-Anne McBride.

"I didn't see the competition when he won, but I will be going this year to see what it's all about," she said.

Host and originator of the Mr Beef judging, Kenny Woodhams, said the theme for the 2008 title was 'up close and personal'.

"It's going to be indoors this year, because some of the boys complained about the cold previously and said it didn't show them in their best light," he said.

This year, a Mr Beef commemorative port will be also available.

"It's actually not a bad drop and has a cow in bathers on the bottle," Mr Woodhams said.

The Mr Beef title will be decided after the parade on Saturday, May 31, at Casino RSM Club.


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