Gates open for Isa Rodeo tickets

Tickets for the 59th Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo will go on sale today (March 17), with no price increase for the fourth consecutive year.

Isa Rodeo Manager Ms Natalie Flecker said the rodeo would again hold tickets at the 2014 prices, with an adult ticket $40 (day), children aged seven to 17 $10 and children under seven free. The rodeo recently won the best Festival and Event category at the prestigious Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

“We have managed to not increase the ticket price for the past four rodeos, while at the same time increasing the quality of the experience at the rodeo,” said Ms Flecker. “For example, during this period we have focused on improving the entertainment on offer outside the arena. We have introduced spectacular new staging and increased the calibre and number of artists who entertain over the rodeo weekend.”

Ms Flecker said online ticket sales would open at 9am this Friday. “We expect our reserved gold seating to be extremely popular, judging by previous years. There is a limited number of these premium seats opposite the chutes and I expect them to be snapped up pretty quickly.”

She said chute tours, a premium ”behind the scenes” guided tour taking in the chutes and views from the announcer’s box, were also once again expected to be popular.

A new Discover Mount Isa tour would be on offer from August 1 – 21, and was designed for visitors to experience the city and surrounds in one action-packed tour.

“We have been working with local operators to expand the visitor experiences on offer, so that visitors will stay longer in our region,” she said. Highlights of the Discover Mount Isa tour include a guided city tour, going underground on a Hard Times mine tour, Riversleigh fossil tour, various attractions including local art galleries, and culminating in sunset drinks at a desert lake.

The biggest and richest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere will be held from August 11 to 13, 2017.

The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo is presented by the Combined Rotary Clubs of Mount Isa. The not-for-profit event has donated more than $4 million to local community groups, charities and sporting organisations since it began in 1959.

The 59th annual Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo will feature three days of international-standard rodeo competition, live concerts, a free Friday night family mardi-gras, Fred Brophy’s Outback boxing troupe, bush poets breakfast and much more.

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