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Active Retirees : Active Retirees April-May 2012
Active RetireesTM | 25 F irst things first – if you really want to fit in at Mount Isa’s rodeo (smugly, like a superbly done-up classic car fits in at a car show, getting waves and nods en route) then pack your Stetson, your RM Williams shirt and your cowboy boots, and make sure you practise a confident swagger. Because in this far flung part of outback Queensland, you’ll have the most fun if you meet the locals, really get into the biggest event on their calendar, and dance the night away in a big marquee – right after the belt buckle awards have been handed out. Before you throw yourself into some bull action, there’s a load of things going on so that you can immerse yourself in true Mount Isa hospitality. The fairground beside the rodeo is like a crazy 1980s Western film, with high-flying fluoro amusement rides, chicken and chip stands, fairy floss, slurpies and logo stickers that haven’t changed in 30 years, dodgems and, of course, show bags, all on a big patch of red dirt and tumbleweed below the hills of Isa. An hour at the fair is enough to have you heading straight for the big golden arches for a well-earned break, and I don’t mean Maccas. We’re talking XXXX, and there’s an enormous bus devoted to it, with a Western-style wooden balcony and a stereo system pumping out country classics. There’s a big wooden bar, performance stage, a massive flat screen and a beer » Raw hide! Deep in the Queensland outback, Michelle Smart got to know the bull-riding locals at Mount Isa’s event of the year. TRAVEL DOMESTIC Getty
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