Rodeo misses Q150 icon list

IN a “tremendously disappointing” snub, Warwick's famous rodeo missed out on a spot on this year's official Queensland's 150 icons list.

Premier Anna Bligh yesterday released the official results highlighting the people, places and events Queenslanders voted as their top Q150 icons.

Yet we didn't completely miss out, with Stanthorpe's Apple and Grape Festival coming in ninth in the 'iconic events that bring us together to celebrate' category.

More than 30,000 votes were received to compile the official list from a shortlist of 300.

But while Mount Isa's rodeo made the grade, our own - with an equal number of competitors and the added status of incorporating the nation's major campdraft - missed the cut.

Warwick Show and Rodeo Society chairman Terry Keogh described the omission as “tremendously disappointing”.

“Competitor wise and quality wise we offer everything and more than Mount Isa,” he said.

Mr Keogh said our rodeo had previously been tagged a state icon so it was surprising to be left of this year's voter-orientated list.

“Whether we are named or not, we know we are the best,” he said.

Meanwhile Granite Belt Wine and Tourism Authority marketing director Michele Cozzi said making the list was excellent.

“In this age of slick and sophisticated entertainment it's great to see an old-fashioned street party like ours recognised,” she said.

The list of Q150 icons was spread over 10 categories with the Darling Downs just sneaking in as the final entry in the 'locations that put our state on the map' section.

Former Warwick lad and rugby league coach Wayne Bennett was the 15th 'state shaper' and Steele Rudd 6th in 'influential artists who have made a lasting impression'.

Iconic status
  • Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival
  • Steele Rudd
  • Wayne Bennett

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