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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Urban Rodeo Debut

The heart-stopping jaw-dropping thrills of bull riding, bucking bronco and steer wrestling will make their long awaited debut at this year’s Urban Country Music Festival.

Helping to literally kick off the festival on Friday, April 29, Urban Rodeo will feature some of the country’s top-notch rodeo names, including the National Rodeo Association's 2010 All Round Champion Cowboy Mark Knox, of Ebenezer and 2010 Champion Cowgirl Kim Clarke, of Toogoolawah.

Organised by the National Rodeo Association and the Caboolture Show Society, the rodeo is promising three and a half hours of adrenaline filled action.

The wildest and most dangerous event in rodeo, bull riding, is bound to be a hit with spectators. Urban rodeo will also feature saddle bronc riding where skilled riders are matched with specially bred bucking horses.

To add to the excitement there will be bareback bronc riding where the contestant has almost no control over the horse yet has to try to stay onboard for eight seconds. Other events bound to create a spectacular show include steer wrestling, team roping and a ladies barrel race.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said festival goers had been asking for years about including a rodeo.

“We’re really pleased that we’ve been able to work with the National Rodeo Association and the Caboolture Show Society to make this happen,” the Mayor said.

The 2011 Urban Country Music Festival, presented by Moreton Bay Regional Council, packs a stack of music, entertainment, and family fun into four days over Queensland’s Labour Day long weekend from Friday, April 29 to Monday, May 2.

Some of the biggest names in the business will take to the stage for two very special concerts.  American sensation Joe Nichols will headline Saturday night’s More Country than Urban concert which also features James Reyne, The McClymonts, Jonah’s Road and 2011 Toyota Star Maker Luke Dickens. On Sunday night, Evermore and Thirsty Merc will take to the More Urban than Country stage, in a line up that also includes The Potbelleez, Amy Meredith and Sinead Burgess. 

For all the details about Urban Country events and concert tickets, see the festival website at

The festival is proudly presented by the Moreton Bay Regional Council and major sponsors Grand Prix Mazda and Caboolture Shire Herald.

It is benefiting from funding under the Events Queensland Regional Development Program (EQRDP)

The EQRDP is an investment program designed to extend the flow of economic and social benefits of events to regional Queensland.

A state-wide initiative, the program is committed to enhancing existing events in regional Queensland, as well as assisting in the establishment of new events.

Since the EQRDP began in 2001, more than $16.4 million has been invested in 762 regional events, an indicator of the important role these events play in their communities and wider Queensland.

Where: Caboolture Showgrounds Rodeo Arena, Beerburrum Road Caboolture, 40 minutes north of Brisbane.
When: 6 to 9.30pm, Friday, April 29, 2011
Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for children (5 to 13 years) and pensioners.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate.

More information:
Rodeo nomination by NRA on 07 5499 1700, Wednesday April 20, 10am to 2pm and Thursday, April 21, 2pm to 6pm.