Top level competition and entertainment gives spectators plenty to watch on Saturday for a full day and night packed full of action.
Saturday night will feature the finals and State of Origin
All the usual rodeo events including bull ride, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, ladies and & junior events.
QLD vs NSW
Beside the fun and games of the carnival, an exhibition of creative works is displayed in a marquee. This year we will have a new exciting home in the market area.
With more than $6000 in prize money, this event showcases the best from our region.
Friday 8th (7.30am - 12pm) - Exhibits to be delivered - Kerribee Park
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.
Friday 8th 7.45pm start
Showcasing local businesses and community groups, the parade will do 2 laps of Byrnes St. After the parade the official ceremony and crowning of the 2022 Mareeba Rodeo Queen, Princess and Miss Popularity will take place on the stage across from the cenotaph.
Local sideshows are organised by the Lions Club of Mareeba
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.
2022 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).
Saturday 25th 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.
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 2nd - 9th July