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Roma's Easter in the Country Program

Sunday 17 April 2022

Discover Carnarvon Ranges – Tour by Boobook Ecotours

Pick Up Points: Roma Accommodation/Motels where nominated when booking.

Time: 6.45am for 7.00am departure – Bookings Required to approx 6pm

Cost: Prices: Adult $295, Child $255 (8-14 yrs), Family $845 (2 Adults & 2 children), Senior $280

With local ecologically qualified and highly experienced tour guides, discover secluded gorges, amazing rock formations, unique Aboriginal rock art, Australian wildlife, rare plants and fabulous views. Learn about our pioneering history and see first-hand how nature and farming coexist in this rugged, yet beautiful landscape. With exclusive access to a large privately-owned cattle station nestled in the Carnarvon Ranges this day tour is a great introduction to the Queensland’s Outback and natural environments.

Min Number Pax: 2

Max Number Pax: 9

Bookings: +61 7 46222646 or email: [email protected] or book online HERE

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:
7.30am to 1.00pm

Cost: Free entry

BUSH POETS BREAKFAST – 7:30am to 9:30am
Staring the guests from the Maranoa Performance, Poetry and Song – Keith Jamieson, Alisha Smith, Caitlyn Jamieson, Ray Essery and Jeff Brown.  Don’t miss out on the best breakfast in town cooked by the Roma Lions Club.

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 (18 yrs & over): $15, Children (13-18 yrs): $5, Children under 12: FREE.

View event map HERE

Purchase Tickets HERE

Senex Colour Xplosion 2022 Poster

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.

GOAT RACES – 10:30am

We are expecting a big turnout of goats with the two Rocky Boys, John Richardson and Maurie McQuillan going head to head. 

But don’t be surprised if a big buck from the Maranoa takes out the prize.  Easter in the Country have sourced a mystery goat racer right here on our own doorstep and these fellows will be putting it to the competition from the north.  Do not miss this competition!

Prize money is $1500 – winner takes all.  All entries welcome.

Interested riders of the goats in the Goat Races must also nominate at the EITC tent.  The riders are required to be over 10 years of age and will be required to sign Goat Race Liability Form (signed by a guardian).

Nominate by emailing [email protected] 

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 [email protected] or on the day at the Easter in the Country tent.

Ironbark Raceway Drag Racing

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

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

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

Take your seats for the rubber hitting the road with engines roaring for action a plenty.

Bar and canteen operating.   EFTPOS available.

John Richardson Camel Rides

Venue: Bassett Bark, Roma

Cost: $10 per ride

Time: 8:00am to 2:00pm 

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 open 8:00am to 2:00pm.  Cafe open from 8:00am to 12noon.

Cost: Free.  Refreshments and nursery items available for purchase.

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. The Café serves delicious homemade treats and is a great place for breakfast.

St Paul’s Anglican Church Easter Sunday Service

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

Time: 9:00am

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, $30 Double/family for a day pass, Under 18’s FREE.

Time: 9am – 5pm

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.

Open Thursday to Monday across the Easter weekend.

The Big Rig Roma

Venue: The Big Rig, 2 Riggers Rd, Roma

Time: 9am to 6pm daily

Cost: Pricing ranges from Adults $20 – $35 and Concession $15 – $27.  Children under 5 yrs free.

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

Learn about the trials and tribulations that our pioneers endured whilst trying to strike it rich with Roma oil. Take a self-guided tour and immerse yourself in the pioneering stories, of hope, ingenuity and mateship that has shaped the Australian oil, gas and energy industry. At The Big Rig Night Show Sunset Experience you can ignite your interest in the sabotage and drama through the eyes of a Roma Rigger guide, with a glass of Outback port and an original short history film under the stars in the outdoor theatre.

XXXX Pro-Rodeo

Venue: Bassett Park, entry via McPhie Street, Roma

Time: 9:00am to 8.30pm

Cost: Adults: $30 each
Children: $25 (12-17 years)
Children (Under 12 years) FREE
Family Ticket – 2 Adults and 2 Children (12-17 years) $110

Buy your tickets HERE

OR buy a combined pass for entry to the Rodeo and the ALPNG/Origin Country Music Concert Extravaganza with Casey Barns and Christie Lamb live in concert HERE

The 2022 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 prizemoney 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.

Miniature Train Rides

Venue: Big Rig Parklands, Riggers Road, Roma

Time: Operating between 10:00am to 2:00pm

Cost: $2 

Helicopter Rides

Venue: Directly across from the Big Rig – see the sign for Omni.

Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm – Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $95 PP Min 2 people includes 5-7min flight approx. 1 circuit around Roma

Seeking adventure this Easter? This flight will give you a bird’s eye view of the whole town.  It will certainly thrill!  There will be a minimum of 2 passengers per flight, maximum of 4.

Longer Charters can be arranged. Pricing $950 for 30 mins.  Please contact Adam on 0408749394.  

In Stitches Quilt & Craft Show

Venue: Hibernian Hall, Hawthorne St, Roma

Cost: $5 per adult

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

In Stitches Quilt Show 2022

2022 Easter Art Show

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

Cost: Gold Coin Donation

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Art Show and Sale runs from Thursday 14 April 2022 until 30 April 2022.  Includes local and visiting artists.  All art for sale.

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 display of ‘100 years of QCWA – Roma Branch’ and is also open for anyone wanting to check out their family history in the area.  Many books on local history also for sale.

For more information: Phone 07 4622 7322

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.

See Casey Barnes supported by Christie Lamb in Concert! 

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

Rodeo & Concert:
Adult: $90.00
Child: $65.00 (13-17 years)
Child (Under 12 years) FREE
Family Ticket – 2 Adults & 2 Children (13-17 years) $310

Buy your tickets HERE    

Please note: The Easter in the Country Festival has a 100% refund policy to all pre-paid tickets if you are not able to attend due to the current COVID restrictions and requirements.


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