Bulls and broncs won’t be the only entertainment headlining this year’s Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo, with The Hoodoo Gurus, Beccy Cole and country music group Ruckus also drawing thousands of visitors to north-west Queensland.
Three days of rodeo action from August 7 to 9 will feature entertainment from some of Australia’s finest musicians including internationally-acclaimed Aussie rock and roll band the Hoodoo Gurus, the poster girl of Australian country music Beccy Cole, an award-winning five-piece country rock outfit from the suburbs of Melbourne, Ruckus and local Mount Isa band The Blast.
The largest rodeo event in the Southern Hemisphere, Mount Isa’s 20,000-strong population will almost triple when the annual rodeo comes to town with travellers from around Australia and overseas descending on ‘the Isa’ which this year celebrates its 85th anniversary.
Mount Isa Rodeo Manager Patricia Esdaile said the great line-up of entertainment would complement the rodeo’s program of events which kicks off on Wednesday, August 5.
“While there’s lots of people coming out to watch events like saddle and bareback bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling and team roping, the entertainment outside of the ring is also one of the major drawcards,” Ms Esdaile said.
“All of the entertainment is included in the entry ticket, so that’s not bad value from just $10 a head,” she said.
On Friday, August 7, Beccy Cole will kick off the weekend entertainment performing some of her country music hits such as ‘Poster Girl’, which took out three Golden Guitars at the Country Music Awards of Australia.
The following night, internationally-acclaimed pop rock band the Hoodoo Gurus will take to the stage in the rodeo forecourt behind the main arena. One of Australia’s biggest bands in the 1980s and 90s, the Hoodoo Gurus are still rocking crowds today, nearly three decades on, with hits including “What’s My Scene?”, “Like Wow, Wipe Out” and “Come Anytime”.
Local Mount Isa band The Blast, will be the support act for the Hoodoo Gurus and will also perform on Wednesday, August 5, in the rodeo forecourt with an exciting repertoire of popular music ranging from classic to modern rock.
Closing the event on Sunday night will be Ruckus, an award-winning five piece band playing a mixture of hard rocking country covers and their own original material.
Local, interstate and international competitors will compete at the Mount Isa Rodeo for a prize pool of more than $200,000 in the Kalkadoon Stadium at the purpose-built Buchanan Park complex. Away from the ring the fun will also continue with social events including Mardi Gras, Rodeo Queen Quest and Bull Pit.
Competitor entries close late July but tickets to the event are now on sale. Prices start at $30 per day for adults, $15 pensioners and $10 for children between seven to 17 years. Family and multi-day passes are also available and offer savings of up to 20 percent.
Mount Isa is located in north-west Queensland, 900km inland from Townsville along the Overlander’s Way. It is also easily accessed by direct flights from Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns. Come earlier or stay after the rodeo and explore the city some more. Include a visit to Outback at Isa where you can check out the Riversleigh Fossil Centre and see first hand the workings of an underground mine with the ‘Hard Times Mine tour’. Visit beautiful Lake Moondarra and take a drive or a tour to see the region’s twin jewels, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and the fascinating Riversleigh Fossil Fields.
Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo website: www.isarodeo.com.au (for tickets and event info)
Access: Qantaslink flies direct to Mount Isa from Brisbane and Townsville (www.qantas.com.au); Skytrans (www.skytrans.com.au) and Regional Pacific (www.regionalpacific.com.au) fly several times a week from Cairns to Mount Isa.
Accommodation and holiday ideas: www.adventureoutback.com.au
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