Spring is in the air, but things will be hotter still in September as the annual Beat the Heat festival returns to Cloncurry.
From September 13-15, over 1000 visitors are expected to visit for a weekend of entertainment including a free street party, curry cooking competition, horse racing, rodeo and live music in Cloncurry.
The three-day festival kicks off Friday 13 September when Scarr St closes down for a street party and the curry cooking competition opens the festival.
Participants will cook-off to be crowned the best curry in the Curry.
After a cracker first year, the Mine Cart Rally is back in 2019 with participants battling it out for the title of mine cart rally champion, with homemade mine carts pushed through the streets of Cloncurry.
The evening will conclude with live performances from local entertainment as well as the main act, Brooke McClymont (of The McClymonts) appearing with Adam Eckersley and Band.
The Cloncurry Spring Races are on Saturday September 14, hosted by the Cloncurry & District Race Club.
The festival wraps up on September 15 with Sunday markets, food stalls and kids' entertainment at Mary Kathleen Memorial Park.
Minister for Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones welcomed the return of the event which adds to an exceptional line up of events celebrating the Year of Outback Tourism.
"Events like the Beat the Heat Festival are the perfect drawcard for people visiting Outback Queensland, providing visitors with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture," Ms Jones said.
"The Queensland Government is pleased to support this event via Tourism and Events Queensland's Destination Events Program, because events attract visitors which create local jobs."
Cloncurry Mayor, Greg Campbell recommends visitors mark the dates for the fun festivities.
"Beat the Heat is a huge driver for tourism in Outback Queensland, so we're excited to be hosting this in Cloncurry - the friendly heart of the north-west," Cr Campbell said.
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