The Festival, which sees thousands flood into Our Towns each year, celebrates its 40th Anniversary this week and it is doing so with a packed line up from Thursday that promises to deliver a boon for the region.
Where it all Began.
Roma’s Easter in the Country was born in 1976 by Wattles Football Club of Roma. Local personality and ‘man about town’ Noel Miller, then president of the Wattles Rugby League Club, took to a bar stool to herald his concept of a fund raising festival in the form of a Country and Western Festival for raising funds to build a clubhouse for the association.
That was 1977. Since then the annual gathering has grown to become a flagship event and key Festival for the South West and West that heralds the commencement of the tourism season across many regions.
Today and This Special Year
These days, Roma’s Easter in the Country Festival is organised by Easter in the Country Associated Inc., and assisted by consultants specializing areas.
The working committee is made up of individuals from all walks of life who volunteer their time, experience and expertise to ensure the success of the Festival.
“The Committee has put a special effort into some of the original elements of the first Easter In the Country Festival – country music and rodeo. We welcome Travis Collins – after winning three awards at the recent Tamworth Music Festival and Missy Lancaster. We also look forward to the Extreme Bulls on Good Friday and the ProRodeo on Easter Sunday. There will certainly be plenty of competition amongst the rough riders here.”
The festival website and the festival program contain all the particulars of each activity offered as part of the festival. check it out on: www.easterinthecountryroma.com.au
The Programme Highlights
While not exhaustive the Programme includes:
Everyone is invited to the Opening Dinner for Roma’s Easter in the Country in 2017. The opening will be held at the iconic Roma Saleyards (around the Bull Ring) on the outskirts of town.
Enjoy the local produce and a relaxed atmosphere as you prepare for the biggest Easter weekend of your life! Tickets will be available soon.
Ergon Energy Street Parade (SATURDAY 15th April 2017, 9 – 10am)
Theatre, colour, and fun is the trademark of the Easter in the Country Ergon Energy Street Parade with its procession of wacky and wonderful floats, quirky street characters and street festival full of entertainment.
This year’s floats are supported by Ergon Energy, Western Star and Easter In The Country and are bound to delight old and young alike. (Make sure you bring your own chair to get the best seat in the house.)
Children are welcome to play some old-fashioned games – egg and spoon races, three legged races and sack races. Finally, the Easter Bunny will bring his basket of eggs and there will be a monster hunt. Be sure to bring your own chair or blanket, sunscreen and hat. The kids will have fun for hours!
Professional Bull Ride (FRIDAY 5:30 – 10pm)
Saddle up and prepare for our family friendly Bull Ride at Bassett Park. The competition is one of the biggest in the country with great prizes up for grabs as part of the Bucking Bull Futurity and Classic.
So sit back and relax at the alcohol-free family night. Tickets will be available at the gate.
Maranoa Performance Poetry and Song (SATURDAY AND SUNDAY)
2017 will feature an exciting new entertainment segment that encourages creativity and talent.
The competition aims to foster talent in poetry and song and have a lot of fun doing it! Performances will feature the singing of country style songs and recited poetry by local presenters.
Come along and give it a go or enjoy the performances by cheering on your favourite (you may even help them win a prize!).
Featuring some amazing artists including:
• Jeff Brown –Golden Guitar winner and bush balladeer
• Keith Jamieson – Golden Guitar Winner and bush balladeer
• Alisha Smith – winner of several awards and Australia’s only lady playing traditional country ballads
• Caitlyn Jamieson – 2016 New talent winner Bungendore
• Stan Coster – memorial Bush Ballad awards
• Ray Essery – bush poet
Tickets for Roma’s Easter in the Country are now available!
And two final messages from President Jenny Flynn…
“Country Hospitality is a key component to the success of the festival and I would invite all Roma residents to say “G’day” to our visitors and extend a wish for everyone to enjoy the festival weekend.”
“There are many locals who dedicate a lot of time volunteering over the weekend to make the festival a success and I wish to acknowledge and applaud this aspect of our community.”