10 Things we're looking forward to in 2016
1. Australia Day celebrations, January 26
Aussie Aussie Aussie!
AUSTRALIA Day promises all its annual fun festivities that the people of the Central Highlanders have come to love each year.
There are plenty of activities scheduled in towns throughout the region with Emerald celebrations held at Pioneer Park from 7am.
The morning will start with a true blue Aussie breakfast and be followed with plenty of activities and the Australia Day Awards ceremony.
2. Emerald Mud Run, March 12
Down and dirty
IF you like to get down and dirty then the annual Emerald Mud Run is just for you.
Held at a property on Talafa Rd, the popular event draws crowds of all ages and fitness levels to tackle the muddy obstacles and raise money for the local community.
3. Local elections
Have your say
Change is coming for the Central Highlands and Isaac Regional Councils with the local government elections on March 19.
The election will see the end of Peter Maguire's time in the role of Central Highlands mayor as he retires.
4. Sunflower Festival, Easter weekend
EASTER weekend will be so jammed packed with entertainment for the whole family you won't want to miss it.
The Easter parade and crowning of the Sunflower Queen are among the highlights which run throughout the long weekend.
There even might be a visit by the Easter bunny for the kids.
5. Emerald Show, May 31 - June 1
THE annual show circuit visits towns throughout the region and will make its stop in town at the Emerald Showgrounds on May 31 to June 1.
With plenty of fun for the whole family, the two day event celebrates local talent and brings smiles to everyone's faces.
6. AgGrow, July 7-9
NOW in it's 27th year, AgGrow will be back again this year boasting old and new exhibitors for the three day event.
Scheduled to coincide with the weekend, AgGrow has plenty of attractions including the Queensland Working Cattle Dog Championships, along with the popular cattle and horse sales and events.
7. Gemfest, August 11-14
Add a little sparkle
Held over four days at the Allan King Memorial Park in Anakie, Gemfest promises something for all ages.
The annual event attracts crowds from all over Queensland who take a shine to the local entertainment and the stunning gemstones.
8. Multicultural Festival, August 27
KNOWN as the festival that brings different flavours of the world to our doorstep, the Multicultural Festival is an event not to be missed.
The popular festival has grown over the years as it celebrates the diverse cultures of the Central Highlands through entertainment and food.
9. Emerald 100, October 8
Whether its the fillies or the fashion that you follow, the race day boasts a full day of entertainment.
From Fashions of the Fields to a full card line up, the Emerald 100 draws crowds from around the Central Highlands to earn its title of the biggest race day and one not to miss.
10. PBR, December
After a successful debut at Allan McIndoe Park the end of 2015, the PBR is scheduled to make third return for the Emerald series.
Be prepared to be awed as the professional riders put their nerves of steel on the line and their bodies on the back of a bucking bull.