Community & Business

22 June, 2024

Town urged to get into the rodeo spirit

IN just three weeks, all the excitement of the Mareeba Rodeo will have the town buzzing with lots of visitors making their way to this iconic annual event.

Mareeba Kids Campus Dunlop Street won best dressed foyer last year
Mareeba Kids Campus Dunlop Street won best dressed foyer last year

Businesses are now being asked to get thinking about how they can support the two-day festival and create a vibrant rodeo atmosphere throughout the town.

The annual competition, which is sponsored by The Express, encourages businesses to decorate their foyers and window displays and have their staff aptly dressed in western gear for the week preceding the event on 13-14 July.

All staff are asked to wear western dress on judging day, Monday 8 July and on the day of the Downtown Parade on Friday 12 July.

There are seven categories, with cash prizes (and in some categories a $1000 advertising package) up for grabs:

• Western Style Dress by Staff (8 or more people in western dress); 

• Western Style Dress by Staff - small business - (1-7 people in western dress);

• Best Decorated Large Foyer (over 3sq m or whole business);

• Best Decorated Small Foyer (up to 3sq m);

• Best Decorated Shop Window;

• Best Overall Western Style Dress – chosen by the Judges; and 

• Best Overall Foyer and Shop Window – chosen by the Judges.

To enter, businesses can go to and click on 2024 program, then click on Western Style Dress, Decorated Foyer & Window Display to fill out an entry form.

Meanwhile, the Mareeba Rodeo Association is crying out for volunteers to help with this year’s event. Anyone who can assist is asked to register their interest by going to the website and clicking on the Volunteer tab.


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