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Saddle up! It’s time for the 2018 John Dee Warwick Rodeo Street Parade

The John Dee Warwick Rodeo Street Parade will return in 2018 and Southern Downs Regional Council is calling on the community to start creating floats for the spectacular!

Warwick’s CBD will come alive with vibrant colours and community spirit on Saturday, 27 October when floats inspired by this year’s theme, Rose and Rodeo, take to the streets.

Schools, businesses, sporting teams and community groups are encouraged to come together and let their imaginations run wild to help celebrate one of Warwick’s most loved events.

Proudly sponsored by Warwick Credit Union, there are $500 cash prizes up for grabs across four categories including Best in Theme, School Exhibit, Business and Commercial; Clubs sport or other organisation. $100 will be awarded for best Decorated Bike (children).

An iconic Warwick event, the annual parade returned in 2017 after a short hiatus and is a long-standing tradition and popular highlight of the Warwick Rodeo and Gold Cup Campdraft.

Every year on the last weekend of October, the nation’s top rodeo riders and the best broncs and bucking bulls gather for the Warwick Rodeo, known far and wide as ‘Australia’s Most Famous’.

Councillor for Events, Sport and Recreation, Yve Stocks said the Rodeo Street Parade is a wonderful way to embrace community spirit while participating in a vibrant and colourful event.

Cr Stocks said it is a valuable opportunity for clubs, schools and community groups to promote themselves.

“The Warwick Rodeo is one of the biggest events on the Southern Downs Calendar and of course, Australia’s most famous!”

“The street parade is such an iconic part of the Warwick Rodeo and is a vibrant and colourful celebration of community spirit and of everything that’s wonderful about Warwick and our region.

“So much work, imagination and creativity are put in to the floats every year and I can’t wait to see what is inspired by this year’s theme, Rose and Rodeo.

“I encourage everyone who is considering entering a float in this year’s parade to start planning now, while there is still time.

“A little bit of resourcefulness, imagination, teamwork and enthusiasm are all it takes to create a show-stopping float.”

The 2018 Warwick Rodeo and Gold Cup Campdraft runs from October 22-28 2018 at Warwick Showgrounds.

Registrations for the John Dee Warwick Rodeo Street Parade open 31 August, 2018 and will close 5pm Friday, 19 October 2018. Registration forms are available at Warwick Visitor Information Centre at Town Hall or contact events@sdrc.qld.gov.au

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