Like most events this year, Quilpie’s annual Show and Rodeo was unfortunately cancelled. But with some creative thinking from the active committee behind this fantastic annual event, the Show has continued with a different format and is available for viewing for the month of September. Here’s how you can enjoy it while you are here in Quilpie.
The scarecrow competition this year has been very hotly contested with over 30 scarecrows registered for the competition. The theme was ‘In isolation’ and everyone from businesses, families and community groups have let their creative juices flow and created very interesting scarecrows which are brightening up the streets.
To take the scarecrow tour, pop in to the Visitor Information Centre and pick up a map with all the scarecrows marked out. 8 of them are sporting secret codes which you can pop on to the card you receive with your map at the Visitor Centre. Once you collect all 8, bring your card back to the Visitor Centre and go in the draw to win $100 in cold hard cash!
There may not be as many sheep in the Quilpie Shire as their once was but there is always a great roll up of fleeces entered at the Show for the Wool judging.
Check out the cream of the crop of Quilpie Shire’s wool growers on display in Quilpie’s Brolga Street, in the window of ‘Robbo’s Opals’.
Despite the disruptive year, the Quilpie Shire students have been hard at work at School practicing their writing skills and the fruits of their labour are proudly on display again in Brolga Street.
Just up from the wool in the windows of the L.R. McManus building some of the neatest handwriting and creative poems are on display awaiting your perusal.
When you visit Quilpie you will notice all the beautiful green lawns and the incredible gardens. A big thank you to the miracle that is the Artesian Bore Water for making these possible but also a big congratulations to all the winners of this year’s garden categories.
The Show Society has taken some great photos of the gardens entered in this year’s competition and have created a slide show so everyone is able to enjoy the hard work and beauty of these outback gardens.
Head to Hewsonhall Bi-rite in Quilpie’s main street and take the time to watch the slide show on the TV in the window. You may even be inspired by some of the creative gardeners and their vision.
Quilts and artwork
The Quilpie Shire Gallery at the Visitor Information Centre is where you will really discover what a creative and artistic community we have.
The talented students throughout the Shire have been busy creating artworks based around the theme of ‘Coronavirus’, and the lovely ladies from the Cultural Society have some incredible Patchwork Quilts on display.
This year the Quilts are being judged by ‘people’s choice’, so when you pop in to look at the display make sure you cast your vote for your favourite! We can’t wait to see who the winner is…..we can’t pick our favourite…they are all INCREDIBLE!
Lastly, jump on to the Quilpie Show Society’s Facebook page and ‘like’ them so you can see the entries and winners of some of the other categories such as the photography and cooking. SPOILER ALERT – But we have some very talented Photographers out here!
You can also stay up to date with plans for next year’s show and let me tell you, the Show is coming back bigger and better next year and you won’t want to miss it. See you in Quilpie in 2021!
For more information on events in the Quilpie Shire visit: www.visitquilpieshire.com