Sunny Skies Ahead For Biggest Ever APA Quilpie Show – September 8 & 9

  • Record number of entries for Australia’s first and oldest scarecrow competition
  • Inaugural Wideland Group Quilpie Ag & Tech Field Days
  • Biggest ever prize pool for Wideland Group Rodeo

The biggest ever line-up in the 70+ year history of the APA Quilpie Show will bring true blue country show fun to the southwest region on September 8 & 9, 2023

Renowned as the ‘Ekka of Outback Queensland’, the 2023 edition of the APA Quilpie Show is set to be its largest ever incarnation, with the biggest Wideland Quilpie Rodeo prize pool, and the Wideland Group Quilpie Ag & Tech Field Days added to the event line-up after last year’s event was postponed because of wet weather and flooding.

The all new Wideland Group Quilpie AG & Tech Field Days will run 9am–4pm on September 8 & 9, featuring over 40 exhibitors of machinery, vehicles and equipment as well as boutique stalls, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and a Friday fun day with kids Helly Hoola Hoop workshops.

The renowned annual APA Quilpie Show Scarecrow Competition – the oldest scarecrow competition in Australia – is also back with organisers joking that they have steered well clear of any reference to weather in the theme for 2023.

The 2022 Scarecrow competition theme was “Waiting on the weather” which proved prophetic when an unseasonable storm hit the region causing torrential downpours and flash flooding.

“Last year we were nearly an island surrounded by all the flood waters right as our Show was due to kick off – we’d had no choice but to cancel beforehand when it became obvious that the weather was against us.  Thankfully this year we have perfect sunny days forecast for our show days.  And just to be sure we went with a theme that had nothing to do with the weather this year,” joked Dannielle Stevenson, President of the Quilpie Show Society.

This year’s Quilpie Show Scarecrow competition theme is ‘Back to Basics’. A record number of scarecrows are taking pride of place on front lawns across Quilpie and at businesses, with the winners set to be announced at the APA Quilpie Show.

“We believe we’re home to Australia’s first and oldest scarecrow competition. Every year, it attracts some hilarious entries and is always a fun highlight of Show week. Visitors to Quilpie get a real kick out of seeing the scarecrows dotted around front lawns during the days leading into the show,” added Dannielle Stevenson.

The show’s Friday night will also feature high intensity bull riding, as the Wideland Group Quilpie Rodeo kicks off with bulls from Ahern Bucking Bulls at Bulloo Park from 6pm-midnight. The Rodeo will feature Open, Novice, Junior and Mini bull competitions, and offer up an event record $7,000 combined prize-purse.

“We’ve boosted the prize money by $2,000 and have NRA helping run the competition with Ahern Bucking Bulls. We are now one of the biggest rodeos in Queensland’s West and will have some of the state’s toughest cowboys competing. We hope everyone comes out to do the Bulloo Boogie and enjoy all the entertainment and bar we’ll be hosting at the rodeo,” said Jeremy Grimm, Vice President of the APA Quilpie Show Committee and President of the Quilpie Rodeo.

Competing cowboys will put their grit to the test as they battle to spend eight seconds atop 900kg of raging fury on some of the Channel Country’s best bucking bulls.

The Wideland Quilpie Rodeo will feature experienced Open guns putting their bodies on the line, through to Mini Bull Rides for kids as young as seven years old.

The bull riding will be followed by a day of Show fun at the APA Quilpie Show, culminating in live music and one of the Outback’s most spectacular fireworks displays on Saturday night.

“We’re really excited to present our largest ever weekend of show fun. We’ve got the Ag Field Days, the Show and our biggest rodeo as well – there’s so much on offer for visitors and Quilpie locals alike. The whole community really gets behind this series of events, and we have a massive range of entertainment, food, art, agriculture and more on offer,” said Dannielle Stevenson.

The Friday Rodeo and Field Day will kick off a bucking great weekend of family fun and entertainment. The following morning on Saturday from 9am, all the goodness of a classic country show will be on display when the Pavilion Doors Swing open – offering up bush flower and food displays, premium jams and relishes.

The big Saturday Show day will also feature a family fun program and a night of live music, dancing and fireworks – plus Quilpie’s unique Scarecrow competition and some of the Outback’s best baking- with CWA Show staples including brownies, patty cakes, scones and fruit cake will also feature at the show.

This year, the scarecrow show will also feature Helly’s Hoops, face painting, a truck pull, jetpack show, farm animals and petting zoo, fashion, body product and jewellery stalls, a live band, show bags and fireworks.

The show will also have amusement rides for the first time in 15 years including dodgems, teacup, merry go round, laughing clowns.

The show already has 230 entries to the ‘back to basics’ themed photo competition.

The big day of family fun will end with last drinks at 11.45pm on the Saturday night.

WHAT:                 APA Quilpie Show

                              Friday and Saturday will feature the first ever Wideland Group Ag & Tech Field Days.

Friday night the Wideland Group Quilpie Rodeo action includes Open, Novice, Junior and Mini-Bull Rides.

The Show includes scarecrow competition, arts, garden and photographic competition, food and plants, rides, entertainment and more.

WHEN:                 Friday September 9

Wideland Group Quilpie Rodeo

                              6.00pm onwards

                              Wideland Group Ag & Tech Field Day

                              9.00am – 4.00pm

                              Saturday September 10

APA Quilpie Show

9.00am                Pavilion Doors Open

8.00pm                Fireworks

11.45pm              Bar Closes

Wideland Group Ag & Tech Field Day

9.00am – 4.00pm

WHERE:               Bulloo Park Complex, Bulnbuln Street, QUILPIE QLD