The Mount Isa Rodeo may be virtual this year but there was one rodeo week tradition that remained live in the flesh keeping a long-standing tradition alive.
The Zonta Club of Mount Isa held its annual bush poets breakfast on Thursday at the Terrace Gardens in front of 50 people.
That number was well down on previous years but deliberate to meet with pandemic requirements but all present were delighted it could keep going in these difficult times.
Zonta Club of Mount Isa president Cheryl Brosnan said it very nearly didn't happen at a time when everything was turned on its head with almost every event cancelled on the 2020 calendar.
"We decided to keep a little bit of community spirit going by this much smaller Covid Safe poets breakfast," Ms Brosnan said.
"The idea was all Sue (Wicks)'s and the rest of us didn't take much persuasion and by working closely with Sonja and Wally at Terrace Gardens we were able to put this together."
MC and Cloncurry grazier Keith Douglas was back again to host the event and entertain with his jokes and bush poetry to keep the morning flowing.
There were also fine examples of original Australian bush poetry from returning poets Veronica Griffin (who even had a freshly minted COVID-19 poem) and newly installed OAM Pat Fennell while Ed Moffatt was an accomplished newcomer.
Returning also was the North West Star editor with his usual indecipherable Irish nonsense.
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