The 2014 Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo is the 56th annual event – the first event in 1959 attracted more than 3,000 people including 120 nominations competing for 500 pounds.
Today, the event attracts around 600 nominations with up to $200,000 in prizes made up of cash and buckles.
The event attracts the best stock in Australia with names like Chainsaw and Blondie synonymous with the arena action.
More than 25,000 people will walk through the gates of Buchanan Park and eat 16,000 buckets of hot chips; 13,000 burgers; 9,500 pizzas and 6,000 steak sandwiches – all washed down with 70,000 beers; 62,000 bottles of water and 55,000 pre-mixed spirits.
The Isa Rodeo is the proud winner of more than 11 tourism awards and most recently won the Festival & Events section of the 2012 Queensland Tourism Awards and finalist in the Festival & Events category of the 2012 Australian Tourism Awards.
In 2009, the event was voted 13th in the Events & Festivals category of Queensland’s favourite Q150 Icons Awards.
More than $3 million has been donated back to charities, cultural and sporting groups in Mount Isa and across the North West with more than 670 volunteers working at this year’s event or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.