The world’s last boxing tent showman, Fred Brophy, returns again in 2010 to add his special touch of excitement to the annual thrills and spills of the Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo.
The Fred Brophy Boxing Troupe is the world’s only surviving tent boxing troupe and has always been a popular part of Rodeo as Fred’s fighters, including son Fred Brophy Jr, take on all-comers in the ring within the troupe’s colourful tent. They carry on an age old tradition in which travelling boxing troupes of professional fighters set up their tents in mining and outback towns and the local lads tested their prowess in the ring.
The Southern Hemisphere’s largest rodeo event, the 2010 Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo will be held from Friday to Sunday, August 6 to 8. Thousands are expected to head to the Isa to watch the competition at Kalkadoon Stadium, Buchanan Park, as the nation’s best compete for a $200,000 prize pool in events including bull riding, saddle bronc and bareback, steer wrestling, roping, ladies barrel racing and breakaway roping.
The Fred Brophy Boxing Troupe is just one of a number of additional events available to visitors that also include a Friday night Mardi Gras Parade, Zonta Bush Poets Breakfast and Mailman Express Sprint Horse Race, a 200 metre sprint from a running start open to non-thoroughbred horses.
The Fred Brophy tent will be set up beside sideshow alley and the troupe will perform several shows over the weekend. Tickets will be available at the tent entrance.
Mount Isa is located in north-west Queensland, 900km inland from Townsville along the Overlander’s Way and is easily accessed by direct flights from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Darwin, Alice Springs, Townsville and Cairns, as well as by road and bus.
Visitors coming earlier or staying on after the rodeo can explore local attractions including Outback at Isa where you can take a “Hard Times Mine Tour” or visit the Riversleigh Fossil Centre, Lake Moondarra, and the region’s twin jewels, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and the fascinating Riversleigh Fossil Fields.
For more information visit www.isarodeo.com.au or phone (07) 4743 2706.
For accommodation and holiday ideas visithttp://www.queenslandholidays.com.au/destinations/outback/
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