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BREAK out the sunscreen, bike helmet and your favourite pair of runners because it's time for the official opening of the South Burnett Rail Trail.
The sealed exercise track stretches from Kingaroy to Murgon and has been in the works for almost half a decade.
It's official opening is scheduled for September 30.
To mark the auspicious occasion the South Burnett Regional Council has paired with a swag of community organisations and businesses to throw a huge party.
Events, markets and barbecues are planned along the entire route with major attractions in Kingaroy, Wondai and Murgon.
In an effort to get the public to traverse the full length of the trail Peter Sorensen from PSM Probike and Auto is giving away a Merida mountain bike.
Valued at $749 the matt black bike carries a 27-speed gear set, an alloy frame and hydraulic disk brakes.
"It's all about encouraging health and fitness,” he said.
Like many business owners Mr Sorensen hopes the rail trail will bring new visitors to the region.
"Everywhere around the world where you have a rail trail the tourist numbers go through he roof,” Mr Sorensen said.
To enter the competition all you need to do is sign up to the South Burnett Rewards scheme by downloading the Rewardle app.
You then use the app to check in at all three of the dedicated stations in Kingaroy, Wondai and Murgon.
You don't need to ride the full length, you can drive from one town to the other but the overall aim is to get people out of the house and onto the trail.
Kingaroy festivities start in the early morning with a fund-raising barbecue in Memorial Park to collect money for LifeFlight.
Wondai will host a morning tea with entertainment from the town band.
Murgon has a huge list of events planned including billy cart races, a horse and cart ride, a casting competition and fishing displays.
Patrons are invited to turn up in costume celebrating the history of the region and prizes will be given to the best period getup.
There'll be a jumping castle, a number of of rides and face painting for the kids.
For adults the town will host a number of artist and heritage displays and market stalls at the Murgon Men's Shed.
This article first appeared on www.southburnetttimes.com.au
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