It's all about families at the 2018 Curry Merry Muster

FLYING THE FLAG: Cloncurry's Miss Rodeo representatives lead the way for the 2017 Curry Merry Muster street parade.
FLYING THE FLAG: Cloncurry's Miss Rodeo representatives lead the way for the 2017 Curry Merry Muster street parade.

The Curry Merry Muster isn’t just about the bulls and broncs. 

It’s a festival to bring the town together and put Cloncurry on the map as a Australia’s home of professional rodeo entertainment seeped in honouring its heritage. 

2018’s festival is shaping up to get another feather in the caps of organisers in offering a plethora of entertainment for all ages, Merry Muster president Janessa Bidgood said. 

The biggest change will be a moving the program into three days. 

“The program has changed from Thursday night to Friday this year for the parade and Xtreme Bulls and we look forward to people being able to let loose with the weekend in front of them,” Ms Bidgood said. 

Highlights include a range of free events for the community. 

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The free events begin on 9.30am on Friday with the Teddy Bears Picnic. Kids are encouraged to dress their favourite teddy – in a rodeo outfit, of course – and join in a morning of free activities at Mary Kathleen Park. 

The highlight of Friday, however, will no doubt be the street parade which begins at 5.30pm ending at the Cloncurry Recreation Grounds. 

This year’s theme is ‘horsepower’ with floats expected to showcase some impressive creativity on the theme. 

With more than $1000 in prize money available across six float/ride categories, you will be sure to see some competition just as impressive as the riders in the arena. 

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From 7pm head to the MMG Xtreme Bulls. The competition will bring together the hardest bull riders in Australia. 

While the $9900 prizemoney is a draw card, riders will be after points. 

A win at Xtreme Bulls will go towards the rider’s APRA Championship points. 

On Friday evening you will be treated to live music from Chiko and the Breakaways at the Cloncurry Showgrounds. 

Don’t forget

You’ve got a final chance to go into the running to win a 2018 Black 107 Harley Davidson FatBoy valued at $30,995. 

Supported by Suncity Motorcycles Townsville, tickets are $100. 

Only 600 tickets are available. The raffle closes and is drawn on Saturday, August 4. 

Lock in your ticket by calling or texting Janessa on 0429 855 734. 

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Don’t miss a minute of the action. 

FRIDAY (Alliance Airlines FREE ENTRY Friday)

  • 8am  Bush Poets Breakfast – Mary Kathleen Park
  • 8am  APRA Junior Rodeo – Equestrian Centre
  • 9:30am  Teddy Bears Picnic – Mary Kathleen Park
  • Noon APRA Professional Rodeo – Equestrian Centre
  • 5:30pm  MMG Community Street Parade
  • 7pm  MMG Xtreme Bulls
  • 9:30pm  CurryPM Brophies Boxing Tent

SATURDAY

  • 10am APRA Professional Rodeo – Equestrian Centre
  • 6:30pm  Grand Entry and Official Opening
  • 7pm  Drawing of Harley Davidson FatBoy Motorbike
  • 9:30pm  Dallas Steele Band (LIVE) til Midnight
  • Bar until late

SUNDAY

  • 10am ATRA Roping Jackpot
  • 10am Bar until finish