Fireworks at the New Year's Eve Rodeo at the Warwick Showgrounds.
Fireworks at the New Year's Eve Rodeo at the Warwick Showgrounds. John Skinner

Warwick set to explode into 2018

WITH not one but two lots of fireworks, the Steele's Bakery New Year's Eve Rodeo will be the most explosive party in town on December 31.

Thousands packed into the Warwick Showgrounds last year and organisers expect the same this year, with a huge line-up of rodeo action and entertainment.

PARTY TIME: Lauren, Rory and Buddy Turner, Seanna and Brodie O'Keeffe at the 2016 New Year's Eve Rodeo at the Warwick Showgrounds.
PARTY TIME: Lauren, Rory and Buddy Turner, Seanna and Brodie O'Keeffe at the 2016 New Year's Eve Rodeo at the Warwick Showgrounds. John Skinner

Warwick Show and Rodeo Society president Gerard O'Leary said the event would be a lot of fun for the whole family.

"This is a huge night for Warwick, when there's typically not a lot else on,” he said.

"The fireworks are always very popular and will be huge again this year.

"The kids are going to love it.”

The fireworks will kick off at the family-friendly time of 9pm and then again at midnight.

The other main feature of the day is the rodeo.

It is not an APRA sanctioned rodeo, which Mr O'Leary said gave the event great appeal among those rodeo riders who wanted to come a 'have a go'.

"It's a good old-fasioned bush rodeo and we're really keen to promote that side of it,” he said.

"The professionals will all be away at the big rodeos so there's a real emphasis on fun and getting those fringe riders involved.

"There are no bulls, only bullocks, there's the saddle bronc ride and the Australian champion station buckjump - it's the old-fashioned way of buckjumping where riders supply their own saddle.

"There's also a poddy ride for the under 12s and the barrel racing, that everyone can get involved in.”

Hayden Thompson in rough stock action at the New Year's Eve Rodeo.
Hayden Thompson in rough stock action at the New Year's Eve Rodeo. John Skinner

Mr O'Leary said the entertainment didn't stop there.

"Mik Oberle thrilled the large crowds at the Warwick Rodeo this year and he's back with his great tunes,” he said.

"A lot of families tend to drift away after the fireworks, but the atmosphere is going to fantastic for the party-goers that stick around.

"Mik will go right through until 1am and it'll be a good safe place to party, with heaps of security onsite.”

Camping is available at the showgrounds with a $20 fee for a site for the night.

Mr O'Leary said they wanted to make sure people could come and have a great time without having to worry about trying to get home.

"We'd much rather open the grounds up for camping, than have anyone try to drive home,” he said.

"We'll look after everyone and put on a bacon and egg breakfast and some coffee in the morning.”

  • Gates open at 10am, December 31
  • Rodeo events commence at 2pm
  • Fireworks at 9pm and midnight
  • Cost is $25 for adults (which includes a complimentary drink), $40 for famillies, $10 for teenagers 15-17 and kids 14 and under are free.
  • For information on tickets and camping phone the Warwick Show and Rodeo Society on 46619060.

Fireworks show to be a blast

THE man behind the planned New Year's Eve fireworks spectacular at the Warwick Showgrounds can't wait to involved.

Skyward Entertainment owner Andrew Agrotis said he was busy planning to give Warwick a memorable new year's show.

"This is the third year being involved for us,” he said.

"It's been a great night in past years and we're looking forward to coming back.”

Mr Agrotis said his fireworks shows would be different from last year.

"We've got the two shows on the night,” he said.

"The bigger one is at 9pm for all the families and kids to enjoy.

"And I'm going through the process of getting everything organised now to put on the best show we can.”

The show will feature a multitude of different colourful effects, including comets, mines and shells.

"The shells are the big ones,” he said.

"They make a loud bang and still give me a thrill, even after 20 years in the business.

"Hopefully we will get a big cheer at the end.”



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