READY: Dr John Kiss, Julie Peterson and Julia Kruger expect large numbers tomorrow night.
READY: Dr John Kiss, Julie Peterson and Julia Kruger expect large numbers tomorrow night. Samantha Oneil

Cracker of a New Year’s Eve at the Warwick Showgrounds

RESIDENTS and visitors alike are set to be entertained with an action-packed agenda at the Warwick Showgrounds tomorrow night.

The Warwick Show and Rodeo Society are hosting the New Year's Eve Fireworks and Rodeo for the first time.

With more than 90 competitors taking to the arena across nine events, the family-friendly event is attracting a lot of attention from far and wide.

Warwick Show and Rodeo Society secretary Julie Peterson said camping was available.

Registrations from Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, St George, Mitchell, Lismore and many other places had been received.

"Gates open for the campers at midday tomorrow, with public admission from 4pm," Miss Peterson said.

"The rodeo will start at 6pm.

"It's a family-friendly event, based on a country rodeo style."

The evening is set to feature two fireworks displays, a live band and whipcracking display.

"The first fireworks display will be after the rodeo, at approximately 8.30pm to cater for families.

"The Jay Seeney Band will then be playing, with the second fireworks display at midnight."

Miss Peterson said whipcracker Walter Le Souef would also perform whip cracking and a fire whip show throughout the night.

"There will also be a jumping castle, face painting and food and alcohol on sale," she said.

"Nominations for the poddy calf ride for ages 8-13 years will be taken on the night."

Warwick Show and Rodeo Society president John Kiss said the community support had been excellent.

"We would like to thank Mr and Mrs Steele of Steele's Bakery who gave a generous $5000 donation within half an hour of the event going up on Facebook, and the Warwick Credit Union for their generous support.

"It is about giving something back to the town," Dr Kiss said. "There will be free sweets and chocolates for the children - it is about giving back to the kids."

For inquiries or camping details, phone 4661 9060.



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