BIG SMILES: Roger and Thelma Cutcliffe with Australian rock icon Richard Clapton at the Big Skies festival.
BIG SMILES: Roger and Thelma Cutcliffe with Australian rock icon Richard Clapton at the Big Skies festival. Contributed

Fun for all at Big Skies event

"THE Western Downs isn't just about sorghum and solar, it is about putting on bucket-list events.”

Mayor Paul McVeigh's comment to the large crowd at Jimbour House at Day on the Plain typified the ideal behind the Big Skies concept.

If you hold it, they will come.

The week-long event was aimed at promoting the region to a large audience through a variety of mediums.

From horse racing to cattle saleyard tours, there was little doubting the variety on offer for those who attended the Big Skies week.

The Day on the Plain was hailed as the largest rock concert west of the Great Dividing Range, with roughly 2700 people strolling through the gates.

It was not all smooth sailing for the inaugural event.

Dangerous winds cancelled the hot air balloon ride and cloudy skies dampened the stargazing experience.

But it was an event the council can proudly state people from across the country came to visit.

Two people who travelled for the event were Roger and Thelma Cutcliffe, who had caravanned from Hobart for the week.

Mr Cutcliffe said the event was well worth the long drive to Dalby.

"It's been just fantastic, all the people in Dalby have been great,” he said.

"The show has been good, but all the other events have been great too.

"We'll be recommending people to come.”

For Cr McVeigh, the event enabled his council to display the region in its best light. He said the event was a success for not just the council but the region as a whole.

"I am very happy we held something which was giving back to the region,” he said.

"I was talking to (motel owners) who said they were full all weekend.

"It is rural tourism and having a mosh pit at Jimbour House was just sensational.”


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