Sign stops traffic | Show off your...what?!

MOST people use a blackboard or a sign to make public announcements, but one local is doing things a little differently.

Simon Schinckel is using an old ute to promote events happening around town and road safety messages. He says it's all a bit of fun and is using humour and slang to draw even more attention to his "blackboard".

Simon Schinckel is using an old ute to promote events happening around town and road safety messages. He says it's all a bit of fun and is using humour and slang to draw even more attention to his "blackboard".

Simon Schinckel bought an old ute from Robin Hood, out at Bool Lagoon, and set it up by the side of the road in front of his prominently situated Schinckel Hay Rakes site on Smith St just before Easter.

He has been painting messages on it since - sharing events and reminders to passers by.

"I got it to promote a few things in Naracoorte, put it on the map, there's nothing like a bit of free promotion for the town," he said.

"I'm using it to promote Christmas, festivals, cup days, things like that. Even road safety messages. Whether people like it or not I want to promote it."

Mr Schinckel is also doing the sign writing for a bit of a laugh.

He said he liked to use humour, slang and even misspell words to get people noticing it.

"I was educated at Kyby then went to Adelaide for a couple years and so my spelling isn't that great," he laughed.

"It's just a bit of fun.

"I'm not the world's best sign writer but I'm giving it a crack."

Mr Schinckel said he welcomed people to come forward with personal messages they might want written on the ute.

"If any husbands out there want to let me know when their wives' birthdays are we can put that up, and if they don't know we can make it up," he said.

"We could even put on there if they've just been divorced or something. You've got to have a bit of humour with it. 

"I would charge about $50 for it being up for the week and then the money would go to a charity or the CT scan appeal or something."

This week Mr Schinckel is promoting the Naracoorte Art Gallery's "Show Off Your Business" exhibition opening which is happening tomorrow night. 

After that he has no idea what will go up next.

"Sometimes I do a bit of thinking over a couple of beers," he said. "It just comes to me like any idea comes to anyone. 

"Next week's another week and I'll put up whatever tickles my fancy."

The message board has certainly got people in the town talking, with most liking the idea.

However, some "low life villian" stole both the back wheels off the ute over the Anzac Day weekend which Mr Schinckel wasn't happy about.

"Police are investigating the serious crime...and the culprits could be hung," he joked.

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