A special visitor will be in Cloncurry next Thursday for the 2019 Curley Cattle Transport Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge and Campdraft.
It's been a hard few months for graziers across the North West after the devastating recent flood event, so this year's Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge event will also include a special visit from the brand new Governor-General of Australia.
David Hurley was appointed Governor-General on Monday and he and his wife Linda Hurley will be attending Thursday's program and free community barbecue from noon.
"Linda and I wanted to make sure that our first community event after I became Governor-General was in the Outback," the Governor-General said. "The Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge is about as iconic as it gets and we're thrilled that we will be there on Thursday to spend time with the community and see some of the outstanding competition."
"We are very humbled to be hosting His Excellency the Governor-General at our event next week," Committee Secretary Stacey Robertson said. "The Governor-General's visit and desire to meet with the local community shows that we really do have the support of all levels of government behind us".
The Challenge is scheduled for July 10 to 14 at the Equestrian Centre and supported by Cloncurry Shire Council.
Marking its 35th year, the 2019 event will well and truly be living up to its reputation as one of Australia's greatest horse events, with close to record numbers of competitors nominated.
"This is the highest number seen in at least the last six-years or more," Ms Robertson said.
"While the Stockman's Challenge is very much about competition, this year the aspect of also offering entertainment and a break from the everyday is very important for us given the hardships experienced."
There will be five days of campdraft action and the 300 competitors and thousands of visitors will be in for a treat with nightly entertainment.
The State of Origin decider will be on the big screen Wednesday, and there is Friday and Saturday night live entertainment by former The Voice Australia contestants Trent Bell and Tim Conlon and a Saturday night rodeo.
With entry to the 2019 Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge and Campdraft free for spectators, people from across the region are encouraged to head along and enjoy the program.
Full program details are available from the Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge & Campdraft website at www.currychallenge.com.au
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