The Mareeba Rodeo has a history dating back to 1949 and has become a national icon on the rodeo calendar.
Top level competition and entertainment gives spectators plenty to watch over 2 days of full-on action from 7:30am each day. All the usual rodeo events including bull ride, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, ladies and & junior events, Battle of the States Qld-v-NSW are held over the 2 days.
Protection Clown Competition
Contestants are judged on their protection ability during the Bull Ride. This is the only sport in the world where competition is based on saving lives and preventing injuries. During a bull ride, the clown relies on his athletic ability, precision timing and the ability to think and make decisions in milliseconds. These are choices that could mean life or death for either himself or the bull rider, whose life has been placed in his hands. Points are awarded for anticipating the moves of the bull and extracting the bull & rider to safety once he has dismounted.
"Battle of the States: QLD v NSW"
A State of Origin Challenge between Queensland & New South Wales competitors. Teams compete in Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc, Bareback, Steer Wrestling, and Barrel Race.
Time event competitors compete side by side e.g. 2 barrel-racers or 2 steer-wrestlers at the same time so you can see who wins the match-up for their team.
Future Rodeo Weekend Dates
The Mareeba Rodeo Weekend is an annual event that will be held on the following dates in coming years:
- 14 - 15 July 2018
- 13 - 14 July 2019