The largest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere, the Isa Rodeo, is held on the second weekend of August and while the rodeo competition in the spectacular red dirt Buchanan Park arena is world-class, there will be plenty to do during rodeo week.
The Bell & Moir Isa Rodeo Ball will kick off rodeo week celebrations on Saturday night, culminating in the crowning of the Isa Rodeo Queen and Charity Queen. Next up is the free Isa Street Festival presented by the Mount Isa City Council on Wednesday night, with a street parade, plenty of market and food stalls in the centre of town and huge free concert finishing with a fireworks finale!
Thursday sees the start of rodeo competition (gold coin entry) in the morning, followed by the Mailman Express horse races. Friday is the first full day of rodeo competition and spectacular opening ceremony in the evening, including the Introduction of the Cowboys and Cowgirls. The weekend focus is on rodeo competition, also relayed live on the Big Screen, as well as live concerts on Friday and Saturday nights at the rodeo in the lead up to the Sunday rodeo finals. The rodeo is renowned for its live entertainment, attracting an amazing lineup of artists including The McClymonts, Busby Marou, Shephard and Jimmy Barnes to name a few.
Tickets to the event, along with three to five day Swag City packages will be available online at www.isarodeo.com.au, early in the new year, along with rodeo holiday packages, combining accommodation, rodeo tickets and local attractions.