4 July, 2024

Entries flying in for ag show

RODEO preparations are well underway this week, with the Mareeba Shire’s most creative residents working on their entries for the annual agricultural show.

Picture: Mareeba Rodeo Facebook page
Picture: Mareeba Rodeo Facebook page

Hundreds of entries to the show, from three-tier cakes to flower arrangements, knitted blankets, and vegetable garden produce, will be on display at the Mareeba Rodeo on 13-14 July.

With more than $6,000 in prize money, Mareeba Rodeo Association president Peter Brown said it was great to see the entries flowing ahead of judging day.

“We have had so many entries this year, especially now that the ag show is in the tent near the bar – it proved the location was a real winner,” he said.

“We are really excited to see what comes through, especially the kids entries. Their drawings and their art are so creative and it’s good to see the tradition carrying through the generations.

“This show is quite the tradition in rural Australia – you always get your cakes, eggs and muffins and a variety of artwork.

“People put so much effort and time in, and it is great to see our local creative side.”

Meanwhile, due to unprecedented wet weather, the garden competition has been cancelled.

Cyclone Jasper and the extreme rainfall over the wet season washed out many residents' gardens, and barely any entries were submitted to this year’s competition.

While sad to see the event cancelled, Mr Brown said he hoped to be back just as big and better next year.

Entries for the agricultural show are to be delivered to the Exhibition Annex at Kerribee Park in person on Friday, 12 July between 7.30am and 12 noon.  

Entries close at 12 noon, with late entries not being accepted. Judging begins at 1.30pm.

Entries forms for the agricultural show are available at

Meanwhile, locals are invited to buy a ticket to the 2024 Mareeba Rodeo Ball this Saturday.

Attendees can meet the 2024 Rodeo Queen Entrants and their sponsors and dance the night away with a Country DJ.

Tickets are $65 and include a buffet dinner and entertainment at the Mareeba International Club from 6pm. To book and pay, call 4092 1583 (leave your contact details if unanswered and someone will be in touch).


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