Mark your diary for 29 March – 2 April 2018 – and plan your weekend around these 10 things to see and do:
1.The Famous Street Parade: 9am 31 March
It pays to get to McDowall Street early to secure a good vantage point for the street parade with its procession of wacky and wonderful floats, quirky characters and live entertainment.
Tip: bring your own chair to guarantee the best seat in the house.
2.Outback Tucker Under the Stars: 6pm 29 March (almost SOLD OUT)
Dine outback style, by joining the other festival goers for Easter in the Country’s official Opening Dinner.
The Opening Dinner will be held at the iconic Roma Saleyards (around the Bull Ring) on the outskirts of town.
Here you can enjoy local produce prepared by celebrity chef Matt Golinski and fuel up for a weekend of celebrations.
3. Extreme Bulls: 5:30pm 30 March
Come along to the family-friendly Bull Ride at Bassett Park.
The competition is one of the biggest in the country with prizes up for grabs as part of the Bucking Bull Futurity and Classic.
Sit back and relax at the alcohol-free family night. Tickets will be available at the gate.
4. FREE Outdoor Country Music Festival: 10am 31 March
Roma turns up the volume with its music festival headlined by Christie Lamb and Liam Kennedy Clark.
You’ll hear the open-air stage on the corner of McDowall and Arthur St before you see it, with the festival rocking the town.
Christie Lamb was voted ‘CMC New Oz Artist of the Year 2015’ by Australian Country Music Fans and has followed on from this success to receive the most prestigious award in Australian Country Music, a Golden Guitar for ‘CMAA New Talent of the Year 2016’.
Liam Kennedy-Clark was a Top 10 Finalist for the Toyota Star Maker at the Tamworth Country Music Festival 2016.
5. Monster Easter Egg Hunt: From 2:30pm 30 March
Get the kids involved with an afternoon at the Monster Easter Egg Hunt.
Head down to the Big Rig Parklands for a few hours of fun starting with old-fashioned games – egg and spoon races, three legged races and sack races.
At 4.30pm, the Easter Bunny will bring his basket of eggs and at 5pm, the egg hunt kicks off and the children can share their findings.
It’s quite an afternoon of activities, so be sure to bring your own chair or blanket, sunscreen and hat.
6. The Maranoa Performance Poetry and Song: 5:30pm 31 March
Fancy yourself as a poet, performer or songwriter?
You’re in luck, with a poetry and performance competition calling your name with the chance of a cash prize. Walk-ups are welcome, so a last-minute confidence boost could land your name in lights.
If nerves get the best of you, kick back and be entertained by the list of performers that’ll be taking to the stage throughout the event.
7. Maranoa Travel Goat Races, from 12pm 1 April
This is no April Fool’s Joke, the Maranoa Travel Goat Races take to the track on 1 April, the Sunday of the festival weekend.
Keen to enter? Simply train your goat and bring them to Bassett Park to join the races for the change to take home $1,500 and The Easter in the Country Cup.
8.Pro Rodeo: Time TBC 1 April
Prepare for an afternoon of adrenaline-pumping fun with Barrel Races, Saddle Bronc, Team Roping, Junior Bulls, Junior Barrels, Ladies Breakaway and Ladies Roping.
Slack events commence at 2pm with the main event commencing at 4pm as riders go into the ring for the chance of winning the major cash prize.
9. Street Markets: 10am 31 March
Grab a coffee and browse through the array of arts, crafts, wares, food and drinks at the Country Markets in Arthur Street and Wyndham Streets.
It’s a bargain hunter’s delight with more than 120 market stalls to wander through.
10. Easter in the Country Art Show, all weekend
Calling all art enthusiasts, The Maranoa Artists Inc. plays host for the Roma Easter in the Country Art Show.
The Art Show is run in conjunction with the Maranoa on Bungil Gallery Committee who’ll be hosting an exhibition over the same weekend.
You’ll find works on display by the Roma Potters Group, The Roma Ceramic Group, The Roma Silversmiths, The Men’s Shed and The Roma Quilters Group.
Post sponsored by Easter in the Country.
Have you been to Easter in the Country? What did you get up to?