The lead up to the Mareeba Rodeo has loads of events and activities for everyone in the community.
The 2017 Mareeba Rodeo Festival commences on 1 July 2017 with the Junior Cowpokes Competition & Ute Muster.
The following weekend sees the Mareeba Rodeo Ball on Friday 7 July 2017 kicking off a varied weekend of sports and activities including the Art Show, Bocce, Tennis, Indoor Bowls, Lawn Bowls and Golf.
Junior Cowpoke Competition
The Junior Cowpokes start the two weeks of festivities. Held on Saturday 1st July starting at 12 noon at Kerribee Park. Gives the kids a chance to be involved in the whole Rodeo buzz by dressing up in the western gear and being assessed on their personality and conversational skills. Two ages groups 5 - 8 yrs and 9 - 12 yrs boys and girls. Nominations are accepted on the day.
To be held on the 1st of July at Kerribee Park starting at 12 noon. Please refer to nomination forms for classes and how to nomination.
Cutting and Horse Sports
Cutting will be held on Saturday 8 July 2017 at the Kerribee Park with an 8:30 am start. Followed by Horse Sports on the Sunday 9 July 2017 also with an 8:30 am start. Refer to the nomination forms for the different categories, which can be found under Event Registration.
In 2017 is the 51st Anniversary of Mareeba District Garden Awards which is run annually and covers gardens in the Mareeba Shire. The intention is to encourage residents and business proprietors to take pride in their premises and streets. Categories include best Front Garden including Footpath, Town, Rural Residential, Native, Most Colourful & Commercial and People's Choice Award (voted on through the facebook page).
Rodeo Festival Queen Competition
This competition commenced in 1959 and is open to unmarried females aged 16-25 years who reside in the Mareeba Shire. Entrants are judged on rodeo knowledge, appearance, poise and personality. The entrants, along with the Matrons of Honour, attend many functions during Festival Week, being very welcome guests. The announcement of the Queen, Princess and Most Popular Entrant is made after the Downtown Parade and is a widely anticipated part of the rodeo festivities.
The Parade of queen entrants, floats, horses and trade displays is held on the Friday night of the Rodeo weekend and usually attracts crowds of around 4000 people. The Parade starts at 7:45pm and completes 2 circuits of Byrnes Street. At the conclusion of the parade, the Rodeo Festival Queen is crowned at the main stage.