Ararat's Biggest Loser journey reaches its climax: PHOTOS

FOR some it's a reality TV show. For Ararat it was an opportunity for change. Big change.

On Sunday night, Craig Booby took out the title of Biggest Loser - losing 79.8 kilos.

This was the highest percentage of all the finalists.

And although it was filmed many months ago, the town got its opportunity to shed the name 'Arafat' on national TV.

The town cruised past its weight-loss goal of 26,000kg and then  the show' was down to four .

Finalists Craig Booby, Sharon Basset, Toni Stockwell and Katrina Pianta were the remaining "town champions" competing for the $75,000 grand prize.

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How the Biggest Loser panned out ...

April 11  COMMITTEE WILL DECIDE TOWN KITTY: With The Biggest Loser: Challenge Australia finale to screen on Network Ten this Sunday night attention will soon turn to the Ararat Town Kitty that has been accumulating throughout the series.

April 8 JANE IS JUST ON FIRE: 'It was just one of the best things I've ever done' those are the words Jane Jantzen has used to describe her time on The Biggest Loser.

March 28 THE CONTESTANTS FACE THEIR FEARS: It was back to business for the remaining contestants in The Biggest Loser in last Friday's episode, following their emotional catwalk presentations during makeover week.

March 21 CAL SENT HOME - AGAIN: Cal Evans was sent home from The Biggest Loser house for the second consecutive week, after a surprise return by the eliminated Ararat challengers, increasingly difficult challenges and a cut throat elimination created friction and high emotion in the house.

March 14 CAL ONE OF THE STRONGEST: Cal Evans polarised the contestants and viewers alike during his time on The Biggest Loser - you either loved him or loathed him.

March 7CAITLIN KICKS PAST BULLYING TO THE KERB: Despite being the youngest contestant in this year's Biggest Loser, Caitlin Munday more than pulled her weight during her time in the house.

March 7  SHANNON CONFRONTS HER DEMONS:  Shannon Woolley decided to put family first this week on The Biggest Loser and left the house to return to Ararat to be with her daughter who was undergoing surgery.

February 28 NATALIE WOULDN'T CHANGE A THING: Although she had a falling out with trainer Shannan Ponton in the final days, The Biggest Loser's latest evictee Natalie Wohlers wouldn't change a thing about her time on the reality program.

February 21A LOOK BACK ON MARY'S TIME: Mary Reid has had the weight of the world lifted off her shoulders since leaving The Biggest Loser house this week.

February 18EVICTEE A VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANCE: Matt Dalton was a victim of circumstance during last week's surprise elimination on The Biggest Loser: Challenge Australia.

February 18 CAM MAKES A SHOCK DEPARTURE: Cameron Brown was well on his way to becoming The Biggest Loser when he was forced to withdraw from the reality show last week due to medical reasons.

February 7 RODGER FIRST ELIMINATED: It's not over until the fat lady sings. That's the attitude Rodger Turner is taking with him after being eliminated from The Biggest Loser house earlier this week.

January 31 CHALLENGE AUSTRALIA'S CHAIN OF PAIN GRUELLING: The 'Chains of Pain' challenge lived up to its name during Tuesday night's episode of The Biggest Loser with Mary Reid fainting in the closing stages of the gruelling obstacle course.

January 7, 2014  THE BIGGEST LOSER PREMIERES SUNDAY: The Biggest Loser: Challenge Australia will hit television screens across the country Sunday night in what has almost been a year in the making.

December 24  ARARAT TO CAPITALISE ON BIGGEST LOSER EXPOSURE: With The Biggest Loser: Challenge Australia set to screen on Channel Ten early next year Ararat Rural City Council has moved quickly to ensure that it capitalises on the exposure the region will receive throughout the series.

September 30 FINALE TO BE FILMED IN ARARAT AS A RED CARPET EVENT: Host of The Biggest Loser Hayley Lewis chose the top of One Tree Hill to announce that filming of the Biggest Loser finale will be a red carpet affair at the Ararat YMCA on October 11.

March 12  THE BIGGEST LOSER FILMING TO START IN ARARAT IN SIX WEEKS: Finishing touches are being put in place with filming on The Biggest Loser: Ararat set to begin in about six week's time.

February 5, 2013  THE BIGGEST LOSER COMES TO ARARAT: The hit television show The Biggest Loser could whip an entire town into shape in season nine - and that town might be Ararat.

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