A Hall of Fame will open tonight (August 9) as a permanent legacy of the Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo’s Diamond Jubilee 60th Rodeo.
Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo Inc (MIRRI) President Mr Darren Campi said the inaugural inductions into the hall of fame would be made during tonight’s official opening ceremony, before the attraction opened to the general public on Friday (August 10).
Mr Campi paid tribute to the Australian Government through its Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities; the event’s longtime naming rights sponsor, Mount Isa Mines (MIM); and MIRRI for funding the project.
He also acknowledged the Mount Isa City Council for providing a permanent location for the hall of fame at Mount Isa’s award-winning Outback at Isa tourism attraction.
“A Hall of Fame is the perfect legacy as our amazing event reaches its 60th rodeo milestone,” said Mr Campi. “It will celebrate the founders, as well as legendary competitors and stock who have competed in our initial venue, Kalkadoon Park and current venue, the world-class Buchanan Park Events Complex.”
Mr Campi said the hall of fame would provide a fascinating insight into 60 years of Mount Isa Rodeo heritage original programs, historic photos, Rodeo Queen memorabilia, a beautifully hand-tooled leather prize saddle and even customised Isa Rodeo cans of beer.
“What is also exciting are the interactive displays, designed to get people involved in learning the stories over almost six decades of rodeo.”
Mr Campi announced the inaugural inductees to the Legends of Isa Rodeo Wall of Fame were:
- Innovative arena director Don Cummings;
- Carandotta coordinator and long-serving Rotarian Barry Harkin;
- Rodeo champion and judge the late Wally Mailman;
- The Ah One Family who drove the bucking stock in from the outlying Carandotta Station;
- The inaugural and longest serving Isa Rodeo Committee Chairman Bill Weigh;
- The founder of Rotary in Mount Isa, the late Sir James Foots;
- The Isa Rodeo’s initial stock controller Jim Hovi;
- Designer, builder and driver of the “Smokey” train Peter Kretschmann;
- Inaugural Isa Rodeo All Around Cowboy Champion Vic Gough;
- Rodeo champion and judge Bonny Young;
- The inaugural Secretary of the Australian Rough Rider’s Association, Peter Poole; and
- Australia’s first female boss drover the late Edna Jessop.
General Manager Health, Safety, Environment & Community for Glencore’s North Queensland operations, Ms Maryann Wipaki said: “Rodeo is synonymous with Mount Isa, not only because of the iconic Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo, but because the stock industry has played such a key role in the rich history of our region.
“We are proud to play our part in supporting the Isa Rodeo Hall of Fame to ensure this history is preserved and the importance and excitement of rodeo can be experienced by locals and visitors for years to come.”
Mount Isa City Council Mayor Joyce McCullough said the Isa Rodeo Hall of Fame would be an important year-round tourism attraction for Mount Isa which celebrated the city’s world-class event.
Mr Campi said the hall of fame featured a collection of rodeo memorabilia plus interactive displays and a Wall of Rodeo Legends.
“It will be an ongoing and developing project which will continue to grow over the years,” he said.
The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary Rodeo will be held over four days from today (9th) to Sunday, 12 August, 2018.
The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and promoted as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland event calendar.
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