Rodeo Weekend

Rodeo Weekend July 11 & 12

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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.

State of Origin - July 11 - 8pm

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QLD vs NSW

Agriculture Show - July 11 & 12

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Beside the fun and games of the carnival, an exhibition of creative works is displayed in a marquee. 


 With more than $6000 in prize money, this event showcases the best from our region. 


Friday 10th (7.30am - 12pm) - Exhibits to be delivered - Kerribee Park

Woodchops - July 11

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Woodchops is a traditional drawcard event seen at all agricultural shows, showcasing the skills of axemen. The woodchop competition is an iconic event acknowledging the rich history of the timber industry. Most of the events being performed evolved from the actual tasks and work-day skills required of axemen just prior to the appearance of the chain saw.


Competitors require strength, a sharp eye, speed and accuracy while using the razor-sharp competition axes.

Festival Events

Garden Competition

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2020 is the 54th 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 Queen Competition

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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.

Junior Cowpoke Competition

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Saturday 27th June - 12 noon start
The Junior Cowpokes starts the two weeks of festivities.   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.  Nominations are accepted on the day.


Two ages groups  5 - 8 yrs and 9 - 13 yrs boys and girls.  


2019 Junior Cowgirl - Tiama Tiraboschi  Junior Cowboy - Samuel Morris

Senior Cowgirl - Chloe Boundy  Senior Cowboy - Riley McNeill

Western Style Dress, Decorated Foyer & Window Display

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The Mareeba District Rodeo Association would like to invite local businesses to join us in celebrating our Annual Rodeo  by decorating their premises and having staff dressed in western theme as part of the Rodeo Festival Week 6th 12th July

Festival Program at a glance

Dates and Events are subject to change

Wednesday July 1

  • Mixed Triples Self-Selected Bowls – Mareeba & Memorial Bowls Club - 1.30pm

Friday July 3

  • Mareeba Rodeo Ball – Mareeba & Memorial Bowls Club - 6pm 
  • Golf 18 Hole Mens & Ladies Veterans Single Medley Stableford - Mareeba Golf Course - 9am

Saturday July 4

  • Rodeo Festival Queen Competition Judging  - 9.30am
  • Cutting – Kerribee Park  - 9am
  • Walkamin Country Music Club Concert & Open Mic. Night – Bull Bar, Kerribee Park - 6pm till late
  • Mixed Fours Bowls, Self-Selected – Mareeba & Memorial Bowls Club - 1:30pm

Sunday July 5

  • Horse Sports - Kerribee Park  - 8am  
  • Open Fours Bowls, Self Selected - Mareeba & Memorial Bowls Club - 9am
  • Mixed Bocce Competition – Mareeba International Club - 2pm  
  • Tennis Mixed American Tournament – Borzi Park - 1pm  

Monday July 6

Tuesday July 7

  • Committee and Rodeo Queen Entrants Dinner - Mareeba Leagues Club - 6pm

Wednesday July 8

  • Ladies Bowls, Club Selected – Mareeba & Memorial Bowls Club - 12 noon

Friday July 10

Saturday July 13

  • Mareeba Rodeo proudly supported by Ringers Western - Kerribee Park - 7.30am - 10pm
  • Mareeba Agricultural Show Exhibit Marquee - Kerribee park - 9am-6pm
  • Mareeba Rodeo Ute Muster 7.30am - 12noon
  • Woodchops - Kerribee Park - 11am
  • Mareeba Mazda Team Relay - Kerribee Park - 7pm
  • State of Origin - Qld vs NSW - Kerribee Park - 8pm

Sunday July 14

  • Mareeba Rodeo proudly supported by Ringers Western - Kerribee Park - 7.30am - 5pm
  • Mareeba Agricultural Show Exhibit Marquee - Kerribee Park - 9am-2.30pm