August in Mount Isa means many things to many people. It brings cooler weather, it brings travellers by the thousands, and it brings our spectacular Rodeo and all the festivities that come with it.

It is such a special month for Mount Isa, and one that seems to be getting more exciting as the years roll on.

This year we began the celebrations with Council’s Rodeo Banner competition which saw 400 school students focus on rodeo themed artwork, the annual Best Dressed Premises Competition, Outback Youth Has Talent, the Isa Street Festival, Zonta’s Bush Poets Breakfast, Friday night’s Mardi Gras Parade and celebrations, Mailman Express, and the start of the Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo.

Having been in the fortunate position to attend each of these celebrations, it was clear to me that the high rate of participation and attendance at each event means that each and every event was highly successful and valued by our community.

And while it is wonderful to see our residents out and about enjoying the wonderful Rodeo Week celebrations, and their dedicated participation at these events, it is those behind the scenes that deserve our highest accolades.

Without the staff, parents, community groups, and volunteers, these Rodeo Week events would not be the same.

To the Queen Quest entrants for their mammoth effort, and to the Rotary Clubs of Mount Isa, the MIRRI Board and manager Natalie Flecker, I offer my sincere thanks for giving Mount Isa the best event yet.

To the Rodeo competitors, Rodeo officials, and the livestock, you are the lifeblood of this event, the heart of the Rodeo, and I take my hat off to you all for your passion and dedication to the sport.

I’m looking forward to next year’s Rodeo Week already.

-Joyce McCulloch, Mayor of Mount Isa

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