Mount Isa rodeo festival offers all-Aussie Outback rock show this August

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    A record crowd is expected three nights of rodeo rock at the 2024 Mount Isa Rodeo Festival, from 8-11 August, when Australian country music royalty James Johnston, fresh from Nashville, Brad Cox and Kasey Chambers headline.

    They join big names Christine Anu, the Hindley Street Country Club, and Zac & George, for the quintessential outback Aussie adventure you didn’t know you needed.

    Mount Isa Mines Rodeo is the largest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere where the country’s best cowboys and cowgirls compete in the famous red dirt arena of Buchanan Park. And the music isn’t just any music, it’s from Australia’s best country stars.

    This year is the 65th anniversary of this legendary rodeo event. It started in 1959, when a group of people with passion and an intrinsic sense of potential formed the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo Inc (MIRRI).

    Their vision was to put the new, remote town of Mount Isa on the map and raise funds for charity organisations in the new city.

    After 65 years of whip-cracking vision and dedication, the event is now part of the Australian Professional Rodeo Association’s (APRA’s) national circuit.

    The event is supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland and is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.

    The rodeo schedule includes the Bull Ride (Open, Over 40s, 2nd & Junior Division), Saddle Bronc (Open & 2nd Division), Bareback (Open & 2nd Division), Rope & Tie (Open), Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Ladies Barrel Race, Ladies Breakaway Roping and Mini Bull Rides.

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