ALL SMILES: Emily Tully and Taylor Logan enjoying the sun and fun at the Quilpie show.
ALL SMILES: Emily Tully and Taylor Logan enjoying the sun and fun at the Quilpie show. Peter Murray/ Quilpie Shire Coun

No dampener on Quilpie's day of days

DESPITE the ongoing struggle faced by the people of Quilpie and surrounds, more than 400 put their worries aside for a few hours to show what their shire is all about.

A cancelled rodeo didn't dampen spirits, with a mechanical bull to the rescue.

"The judges that were going to be judging the rodeo judged the bull instead,” said Danielle Dunlop, Quilpie Show Society secretary.

"We had the Mutton Busters category for under 10s, Junior Steer 10-17s, and the Open Men and Ladies. Some were definitely more comedic than others.

"Considering the tough time, having 400 people through the gates was really good, and we're really happy with that.”

For the first time in more than 10 years, camels took to the race track - showing off in three races and a Calcutta.

"Everyone had a great day as far as I heard,” Ms Dunlop said.

"We're conscious of tough times, so we want to make our great community event as cheap as possible, and we just want to put some smiles on some faces.

"It was a perfect day, we just want to get some rain to bring back some spirits.”


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