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Roma's Easter in the Country Program

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Sunday 31 March 2024

Country Markets

Venue: Bassett Park, Northern Road, Roma

Time: 7.00am to 2:00pm

Cost: Free entry

Showcasing a fantastic array of arts, crafts, wares, food and drinks at the Country Markets in Arthur and Wyndham Streets. Customers are sure to find something to take home. Heaps of market stalls to wander through and of course there will be bargains to be found. 

Family Fun Sunday

Venue: Bassett Park – Showgrounds Northern Road Roma

Time:
7.00am to 1.00pm

Cost: Free entry

BUSH POETS BREAKFAST – 7:00am to 9:30am
Join the Lions Club for a Bush Poets Breakfast near the bar area in Machinery Alley in the Showground area. Free entry.

SENEX COLOURXPLOSION – 8:15am
The Senex ColourXplosion coordinated by PCYC Maranoa is a 5km family fun event held Easter Sunday as part of Roma’s Easter in the Country celebrations. The 5km course can be a run, jog or walk and we encourage all family members to participate. Every person that registers will receive a FREE packet of paint to use along the course. The most important thing to remember – HAVE FUN 🙂

ColourXplosion is based on an Indian tradition where vibrant colours are thrown at people who are walking past colour stations dotted along the 5km course. After the event, the local fire brigade hose everyone off before we announce the winners of various competitions that are run throughout the morning.

Cost: 
Adults (15yrs+) – $15, Children 6 yrs – 15 yrs – $5.  Children 5yrs and under – Free.

View event map HERE

Purchase tickets HERE


BILLY CART RACES – 9:15am

Everyone can nominate to have a race in the Billy Carts. Mum, Dad and the kids! Nominate on the day at the Easter in the Country tent.


FMX Kaos – 10:30am

A full 40 minutes of total adventure and mayhem from internationally acclaimed performers who have performed at X games, Nitro World Games, Nitro Circus and Crusty demon tours worldwide.

FMX Kaos Logo


WIFE CARRYING RACES – 11:30am

WINNER WINS THE WEIGHT OF THE WIFE IN BEER/XXXX PRODUCT.

Who would have thought that XXXX would sponsor Wife Carrying!!!!

The biggest competition in QLD and the best prize!

Return to Roma’s Easter in the Country, full of fun and laughter. 

Very popular in Northern England and Northern Europe, wife carrying is also a growing sport in Australia and is now here in the Maranoa.

Wife carrying is what it says: the man carries a woman- preferably his wife – over an obstacle course.  The sport demands equal measures of humour and fortitude and (although not essential), the Wife Carrying World Championships organising body recommends carrying your own wife.

The concept has now grown and at many events, husband and wife teams are in the minority.  According to international competition rules, the “wife” must weight at least 49 kg.  If she weighs less, the wife will be burdened with a heavy rucksack to bring the weight up to the competition minimum.

World Championship organisers recommend a training routine that involves carrying your wife as part of “daily” routines: in the bath, in the supermarket, in the playground, at SNAP or PCYC. So, if you see this happening in the Maranoa you will know they are training for this event.  While strength might seem to be the clincher for winning this event, the style used to carry the “wife” is also very important.

Nominate prior to the event by emailing info@easterinthecountryroma.com.au or on the day at the Easter in the Country tent.

MONSTER WATERSLIDES

These waterslides will cool off the coolest of kids!

Cost: $5 per child

Ironbark Raceway Drag Racing

Venue: Ironbark Raceway – Kimblers Road (off Warrego Highway), Roma

Time: Gates Open: 8:00am – Racing commences from 9:00am

Cost: Adults $20 (15 years and over)
14 years and under FREE entry

Get your backsides, trackside for some great drag racing action.

Canteen & Bar operating.  Eftpos available

Sunday AM
Canteen & Bar operating.  Eftpos available

Get your thrills on the Hill at Ironbark Raceway.

Community Bus operating.

Moorelands Bush Nursery

Venue: Moorelands Bush Nursery, Dargal Road, Roma.

How to get there:
Drive west along Miscamble St to Orallo Rd and then onto Dargal Road, following the signage.

Time: Nursery 8:00am to 2:00pm.

Cost: Free.  

Enjoy a drive in the country this Easter and visit beautiful Moorelands Bush Nursery.  There is a wonderful garden to browse and lots of plants, pots and ornaments for sale.

John Richardson Camel Rides

Venue: Bassett Bark, Roma

Cost: $10 per ride

Time: 8:00am to 2:00pm 

Roma Butter Factory

Venue: 18-20 Station Street, Roma

Time: 9am to 2:00pm

Cost: Gold Coin Donation

For the history buffs take a visit to the Roma Butter Factory and learn about the history of the factory and how it contributed to the development of the town and Roma as a farming community in the early days.

Roma Butter Factory Flyer for Easter in the Country

Visit Mount Abundance Homestead

Venue: Mount Abundance – Drive 7km west on the Warrego Highway, Roma and follow the signs.

Time: 9am to 4:00pm

Cost: Pricing ranges from:
Adults $15
School age child $2

Visit Mt Abundance Homestead where the settlement of the Maranoa District commenced, and the impetus for the establishment of Roma Town began.

Features: Homestead built in 1860 (Heritage Listed), Roma’s District’ first Post Office 1860-1864, underground Cellar lined with locally made bricks,  Early Graves, Old Building Sites, Sandstone “Overshot” Dam, Restoration of the original Jackaroo’s quarters (still in progress).

For more information : Helen 0428 223 183 for any enquiries.

The Big Rig Tower & Tree Walk & Self-guided Tour of the Oil Patch

Venue: The Big Rig, 2 Riggers Rd, Roma

Time: 9am to 4:30pm daily

Cost: Pricing ranges from:
Adults $20
Concession $18
Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) $55
Child $15
Children under 5 yrs free.

Bookings essential.  Book online HERE or phone (07) 4624 0204. Combination tickets available online.

Discover the challenges and hardships faced by our pioneers in their pursuit of wealth through Roma oil and understand how their experiences paved the way for today’s thriving multi-billion-dollar industry.

Engage with their narratives, ascend the impressive 40-meter tower, wander along the tree walk amid ancient river red gums, stand beneath the rigs, and grasp the essence of hope, ingenuity, and camaraderie that moulded the Australian oil, gas, and energy sector.

XXXX Pro-Rodeo

Venue: Bassett Park, entry via McPhie Street, Roma

Time: 9:00am to 8.30pm

Cost: Adults: $35 each
Children: $30 (12-17 years)
Children (Under 12 years) FREE
Family Ticket – 2 Adults and 2 Children (12-17 years) $130

Buy your tickets HERE

***This event is being livestreamed.  Subscribe to watch all the action HERE  

OR buy a combined pass for entry to the Rodeo and the ALPNG/Origin Country Music Concert Extravaganza with The Viper Creek Band and Adam Brand live in concert HERE

The 2024 XXXX Roma Pro Rodeo is one of the several Australian Professional Rodeo Association affiliated events to be held over the Easter long weekend. With it being the highest prize money rodeo during the easter weekend we are set to attract high competitor numbers with them travelling from far & wide to compete against our newly crowned APRA Australian champions & some of the best rodeo livestock

Rodeo starts at 9am and main performance starts at 2pm.

2024 Xtreme Bulls and Pro-Rodeo program

Miniature Train Rides

Venue: Big Rig Parklands, Riggers Road, Roma

Time: Operating between 10:00am to 1:00pm

Ride the “The Roma Express” – a miniature train that travels a picturesque 1.4 km circuit. For all ages.

Cost: $5 per person (3 years and under free and must be accompanied with an adult)

In Stitches Quilt & Craft Show

Venue: Hibernian Hall, Hawthorne Street, Roma Qld 4455

Cost: $5 per adult

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

2024 Quilt and Craft Show poster for Roma's Easter in the Country

Up the Creek Garage Museum

Venue: 14 George Street, Roma (just behind Shady’s Lagoon / 15 minute walk along the Adungadoo Pathway from The Big Rig / 10 minutes from the Post Office.)

Cost: $20 Single Adult, 17 and Under FREE.

Time: 10am – 3pm

From Cars in the Garden (commemorating the Aussie Car Industry) to incorporating over 800 pictures of road trips of Australia, USA and New Zealand.  A fabulous collage of photos that tell a million stories and a visit not to be missed when you are in town for Roma’s Easter In The Country.  This is a museum full of memories.

Incorporating a Aussie Holden Museum (with a difference).  Art and murals, get your kicks on Route 66 in a 1969 Mustang or travel the Warrego Hi-Way (old Hi-Way 54) in the Maranoa Travel 1966 XP Falcon ute.

Join in activities such as cornhole tossing and horseshoe pitching. Exciting Activities and fun for all ages.

You can even get your photo taken with the longhorns – Jack or Tex.

After Easter, the museum will be open from Monday – Thursday from 9am to 4pm and Friday – Saturday 9am to 3pm.  Closed Sunday.

Up The Creek Garage Advert

Up The Creek Garage Advert  

 

Easter Art Show

Venue: Walk of Art, Hawthorne Street, Roma Qld 4455

Cost: Gold Coin Donation

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Gin tasting with Western Queensland Spirits

Venue: Western Queensland Spirit Distillery, Roma

Cost: Bookings essential.  $25pp + fees.  Under 18 free (U18 free tickets still required to be booked). Purchase online HERE

Time: 10:00am to 700pm

Join us for Easter in the Country at Western Queensland Spirit, Queensland first draft distillery.

Immerse yourself in the Outback spirit with live music by Lloyd Saunders and Maddy Thomas. Bring a picnic blanket and the whole family and indulge in tasting paddles showcasing our handcrafted local spirits, savour our Easter cocktail special, and enjoy some Outback inspired food creations. 

To create the best experience for everyone visiting the Cellar Door, we have once again ticketed this event. Every adult ticket ($25pp+fees) includes entry as well as your choice of an Easter cocktail, an Eastern Mocktail, or one of our Tasting Paddles featuring four of our handcrafted spirits. Under-18s are free, but please make sure you grab a ticket for them as well! We will have four sessions on Saturday and Sunday and three on Monday, so act quickly to secure your preferred time slot.

With delicious food and snacks available throughout the weekend – you can preorder a selection of food  when booking your tickets! Our friends at Bessie’s Ice-Cream Bus will also be serving up soft serves on Sunday & Monday as the icing on the (ice-cream) cake!

We have three different bars where you can enjoy a nice refreshing WQS spirit. Whether it’s cocktails, mocktails, our awesome pre-mixed drinks, or opt for a craft mixer. We also offer some great beers from our friends at Aether Brewing. In addition, we have a range of non-alcoholic drinks available for those who prefer them.

Get your tickets now!

Western Queensland Spirit Gin products

Roma History Lodge

Venue: 17 McDowall Street, Roma

Cost: Gold coin donation

Time: Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  Open from 2:00pm to 5:00pm each day

Roma History Lodge – the written history of Roma and surrounds. 

Enjoy the themed display ‘The History of Bassett’s Romavilla Wineyars’ and the lodge is also open for anyone wanting to check out their family history in the area.  Many books on local history also for sale.

Roma History Lodge flyer - The History of Bassett's Romavilla Vineyards

St Paul’s Church Organ Recital

Venue: St Paul’s Anglican Church, Cnr Bungil & Arthur Streets, Roma.

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Cost: $20 pp including Wine & Cheese/Nibbles

Our historic organ will be played by the talented organist Anthony Hahn who regularly plays for the Sale Cathedral in Victoria. Anthony will be joined by the talented Violinist Vincent Kwan for a wonderful muscial experience while surrounded by the reknowned and beautiful stained glass windows of St Paul’s Anglican Church, along with a complimentary drink and nibbles on entry.

Tickets available by cash at the door or you can purchase your tickets online HERE 

St Paul's Organ Recital Flyer

Sunset Tower & Tree Walk

Venue: The Big Rig, 2 Riggers Rd, Roma

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm daily

Cost: Pricing ranges from:
Adults $10
Concession $8
Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) $30
Child $7.50
Children under 5 yrs free.

Bookings essential.  Book online HERE or phone (07) 4624 0204.  Combination tickets available online.

Join us at The Big Rig for a new experience to take in the breathtaking beauty of the outback at The Big Rig in Roma, Queensland, with the Sunset Tower & Tree Walk. As the sun begins its descent, casting warm hues across the vast outback landscape, embark on an unforgettable journey that combines panoramic views from The Big Rig Tower with a tranquil stroll through the river red gums along the Tree Walk.

The Big Rig Express Night Show

Venue: The Big Rig, 2 Riggers Rd, Roma

Time: 6:30pm daily

Cost: Pricing ranges from:
Adults $10
Concession $8
Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) $30
Child $7.50
Children under 5 yrs free.

Bookings essential.  Book online HERE or phone (07) 4624 0204.  Combination tickets available online.

Immerse yourself in an exclusive 35-minute light and sound show beneath the stars at our open-air theatre.  Explore the dramatic events that unfolded in Roma, presenting a formidable challenge to the emerging Australian oil and gas industry.

Join us as we reveal the raw details and honour the resilience of Australia’s riggers, both from the past and the present.  Enjoy a complimentary Easter Egg while you watch the show!

APLNG/Origin Country Music Concert Extravaganza

Origin Energy as Upstream Operator for Australia Pacific LNG are continuing their long relationship with Roma’s Easter in the Country Committee and are a major sponsor of this year’s live music.

2024 will see The Viper Creek Band and Adam Brand concert at Roma’s Easter in the Country.  Don’t miss these country music legends.

Venue: Bassett Park, Northern Road, Roma

Time: 8.30pm till late

Cost: See below options

Concert:
Adult: $60
Child: $40.00 (12-17 years)
Children (Under 12 years) FREE
Family Ticket – 2 Adults & 2 Children (12-17 years) $200

Buy your tickets HERE

Adam Brand image

The Viper Creek Band image

Rodeo & Concert:

Adult: $95.00
Child: $70.00 (13-17 years)
Child (Under 12 years) FREE
Family Ticket – 2 Adults & 2 Children (13-17 years) $330

Buy your tickets HERE

Interested in holding an event across the festival celebrations?  Register your event via the below link or contact us to find out more!