Cloncurry hopes to emulate the success of the C150 Cloncurry 150th birthday celebrations last September when it hosts the Beat the Heat Festival this weekend.
This is the inaugural Beat the Heat Festival and aims to complement Winton’s biennial Outback Festival in the even numbered years when Winton’s festival does not run.
The five day festival begins Wednesday with a meet and greet before Cloncurry State School throws up its doors Thursday for a fete.
The fete starts at 5.30pm.
The big event will be a street party on Friday night with stalls, bar and entertainment till late.
The highlight will be the performance on the Scarr St stage of country and western legend Kasey Chambers.
Chambers will be playing songs from her new album Campfire as part of a massive ongoing national tour which lasts three months and takes in 41 shows travelling 35,000km around Australia.
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Among the events will be a Curry Cook Off where teams of up to three will cook a curry on Friday afternoon from 2-6pm using a gas cooker, crock pot or an outdoor stove. Any type of curry can be entered and any meat is fair game as long as you make 3kgs of it and add rice and condiments you may want to use.
Judges will not only name the tastiest curry but there will also be a winner for best overall theme and a People’s Choice Award.