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Shaylah Ireland waves her Australia Day flag with pride.
Shaylah Ireland waves her Australia Day flag with pride. Meghan Kidd

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.

 

YOUNG MUDDERS: Joe Maas, Jhye Hughes, Lane Poke and Tyler Kildey particpate in the Mud Run Emerald.
YOUNG MUDDERS: Joe Maas, Jhye Hughes, Lane Poke and Tyler Kildey particpate in the Mud Run Emerald. Contributed

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.

 

 

 

Change is coming with local government elections looming.
Change is coming with local government elections looming. David Nielsen

3. Local elections

March 19

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.

 

 

 Children decorate their bikes for the Easter parade.
Children decorate their bikes for the Easter parade. Kaitlyn Gutzke EME210414easter51

4. Sunflower Festival, Easter weekend

Jam-packed fun

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.

 

 

 

IT’S SHOWTIME: George Quigg destroys his hoop pine block at the Emerald Show.
IT’S SHOWTIME: George Quigg destroys his hoop pine block at the Emerald Show. Matty Holdsworth

5. Emerald Show, May 31 - June 1

Family fun

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.

 

 

 LICKING GOOD TIME: Zoe and Tom York from Dulacca near Roma at Ag-Grow.
LICKING GOOD TIME: Zoe and Tom York from Dulacca near Roma at Ag-Grow. Kelly Butterworth

6. AgGrow, July 7-9

Three-day event\

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.

 

 

 

 Dennis and Lynda Densley stake their claim at Gemfest 2015.
Dennis and Lynda Densley stake their claim at Gemfest 2015. Amber Hooker

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.

 

 

 

Kaye, Chelsy, Angelie, Nikki and Kate of the Emerald Philipines Australian Association performed at the Central Highlands Multicultural Festival.
Kaye, Chelsy, Angelie, Nikki and Kate of the Emerald Philipines Australian Association performed at the Central Highlands Multicultural Festival. Amber Hooker

8. Multicultural Festival, August 27

Celebrating diversity

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.

 

 

EMERALD 100 RACE DAY: Alice Boland-Green, Elise Stern, Jayne Gothmann, Kylee Rowe, Sue Christensen and Shay Stern get trackside.
EMERALD 100 RACE DAY: Alice Boland-Green, Elise Stern, Jayne Gothmann, Kylee Rowe, Sue Christensen and Shay Stern get trackside. Kelly Butterworth

9. Emerald 100, October 8

They're racing

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.

 

 

 Emerald Ruralweekly PBR, winner Cody Heffernan on Chameleon.
Emerald Ruralweekly PBR, winner Cody Heffernan on Chameleon.

10. PBR, December

Rodeo royalty

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.


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