Saturday, August 31, 2013
Millmerran Sheep Races (Outback Festivals)
Ovis arise – more commonly known as Sheep, are generally domesticated for agricultural purposes such as their fleece, meat and milk.
However, in August of every year the Queensland town of Millmerran has a different use for the local livestock – The Millmerran Sheep Races.
Millmerran is located approximately 210kms west of Brisbane and 80kms south west of Toowoomba. The Millmerran Sheep Races is a major fundraiser for St. Josephs Primary School and justly, the Primary School plays host to the annual event which started in 2004.
The Millmerran Sheep Races offers something for the whole family with a full day of racing, live entertainment, Fashion on the Fields and even ‘Side Show Ally’ type rides and games for the kids, and the fun doesn’t stop there!
The ‘Calcutta Final’ is the last race of the day, but the entertainment rolls on into the late evening with live bands and competitions to join in.
There is a Bar and BBQ open all day with traditional wood fired pizza's for dinner and plenty of powered camping sites are available around the town.
So, whether it be; you and the family who need of a day filled with fun and enjoyment, a few mates who need to catch up or even some ladies that need an excuse to wear that new frock, everyone needs to be at the Millmerran Sheep Races. You might even win a bet or two!
Thanks to major sponsor ADL Equipment, August 2013 will see the 10th consecutive Millmerran Sheep Races cater for all tastes and all budgets.
Gates open at 11am and the six race program begins at 1pm with the calcutta finale at 4.30pm.
The Millmerran Sheep Races is a fun and high-spirited day held at the Millmerran Showgrounds, a collaboration of efforts by the St Joseph's Parents & Friends and wider community, hosting a day of musical entertainment and children’s activities open to the whole community. The Parents & Friends Association realise the expense of taking the family out for an occasion and are committed to making sure that every local family can attend the day if they wish to, despite the financial hardship they may be experiencing. With this in mind we do not charge an entry fee, allowing spectators to enjoy themselves without financial burden.
Children are entertained with a “side show alley” style activity area for the young ones, face painting and this year we have secured the very popular Rock Climbing Wall as well as the ever popular Bucking Bull. Children purchase an affordable armband which allows them access to the rides all day. We have found that if the children have fun then the parents will enjoy themselves even more.
Musical entertainment is another important part of our event, significantly enhancing the enjoyment of the day for all age groups. Last year we were delighted to bring to Millmerran the fantastic Brisbane band “Golden Child” backed by the extremely talented Millmerran band “CC & the Crusade”.
Fashions of the field will be hotly contested with a large array of prizes so make sure you dress to impress our judges. You will also be entertained with local business "Maylee Boutique" showing off their exquisite garments in this year’s Fashion Parade. To top the day off there shall be wood fired pizzas served for dinner so you can dance till late.
Bring along swag, tent or caravan, hook up to one of the many powered sites, camp the night and join us for breakfast the next morning.
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