Ghost town attracts 3,000 people to outback rodeo

ABC North West Qld

By Harriet Tatham

Updated

July 31, 2017 17:22:03

Video: Ghost town swells from zero to 3,000

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Rodeo bums. (ABC North West Queensland: Harriet Tatham)

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Not all of the wild donkey participants finished the event gracefully.
Quamby Rodeo 2017 From small beginningsHarold McMillan grew up in Quamby and was one of the event’s original creators. He said while the rodeo was now a well-known event on the social calendar, it had not always been that way.
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One participant has some luck in the wild donkey ride and manages to stay on her donkey.

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Service riders play a crucial role at the Quamby Rodeo, and help ensure the safety of riders and animals.

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The Quamby Hotel is the only standing building in the town, and its only punters are white ants. “It was a great pub in its heyday. Once we got over 400 the crowds just seemed to go double, double, double.”

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Harold McMillan has been in charge of the Quamby Rodeo barbecue since 1976, and says it was only after 19 years that he was able to get out and watch the events. (ABC North West Queensland: Harriet Tatham)
While the Quamby Rodeo continues to grow, Mr Hacon said it would never lose its true country flavour. “It’s just a rodeo for families, ringers and locals to have a go,” he said. “We had our first meeting in ’96, then we formed a committee and then we got a sports club association licence and built it from there,” he said.”The first one was 1997, and since then we’ve only missed the two — one was insurance and the other one was a drought. You made your own fun down at the creek.”While chasing goats kept Mr McMillan and his friends busy as kids, it was the pub that became more interesting the older they got. “We’re just for people that want to have a crack.” We used to have a lot of late nights there, and early mornings,” he said. “[The] first one was about 400 people. There was a pub and a store and a mod of railway fettlers, and that was all that was there,” he said.”There used to be goats to go chasing and everything else. (ABC North West Queensland: Harriet Tatham)
As one of the few people who can call themselves a local, Mr McMillan said his Quamby childhood had been a great one.”It was an exciting sort of a place.
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The entry ticket to the Quamby Rodeo is an ear tag. (ABC North West Queensland: Harriet Tatham)
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Rodeo competitors gather at the chutes for the annual Quamby event.

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Events include team roping, station buckjump, bull riding and mutton busting, but the most popular event is the renowned wild donkey ride. “It’s the last event of the day, so it’s wild and a bit western,” Mr Hacon said.”They get a poncho and a sombrero, and they come out on the back of a donkey, and it’s just a great spectacle.” “Quamby is a pub, and the pub is no longer — the white ants have gotten into that, so it’s just a white-ant-eaten pub on the side of the road,” he said. Despite boasting no more than a picnic table and a white-ant-eaten pub, Quamby had no trouble attracting nearly 3,000 punters to its annual rodeo this weekend. We have people coming every year just to collect the ear tag they get at the gate, and people coming from all over Australia.”

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Committee vice president Drew Hacon says Quamby is an example of a true outback event. Committee vice president Drew Hacon said it was a big achievement for a town of zero residents. “When you pay your gate fee to get in you get an ear tag. The ghost town, 60 kilometres north of Cloncurry in Queensland’s north-west, was transformed into a site of true outback glory full of cowboy boots, swags and golden buckles. “It’s bloody huge now, and we’ve got people coming back every year,” Mr Hacon said. The event celebrated its 20th anniversary by hosting travellers from across the country.

Drew Hacon and Harold McMillan talk the 2017 Quamby Rodeo. (ABC News)

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One of the most popular events at the Quamby Rodeo is the wild donkey ride.

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Dirt and dust a perfect hitching post for rodeo-loving couple

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Quamby Rodeo attracted almost 3,000 participants to its 2017 event.

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Qumaby’s rodeo fans are young and old. (ABC North West Queensland: Harriet Tatham)

Piero Olmeda & Sandro Saccocci – Vado Via Lyrics

Sono stanco. PIERO OLMEDA & SANDRO SACCOCCIVado Via Lyrics
Sono stanco, sono stanco
Delle parole che non uccidono
Dei baci che non gelano
Delle farfalle che non muoiono
Delle albe che non accecano
Dei tramonti che non sprofondano
Delle zanzare che non pungono
Dell’acqua che non bagna
Dell’amore che non finisce
Dello schiaffo che non brucia
Delle ombre che non ti stringono
Che no, non ti abbracciano, no. Nella luce
Di uno specchio vivo
Come all’inizio,
Puro e libero! Vado dall’altra parte, via
Vado via, via, via,via…
Volo dove il mondo non gira
L’universo non si espande
Il tempo si è fermato
E la vita non finisce mai, mai
Vado via, me ne vado
Via, via, via, via…
Dove le parole creano la vita
Ci si lascia senza perdersi
Si cambia senza morire
E l’amore è quello dei poeti
Vado via, dove il tempo
Segue il ritmo del mio cuore
Ci si lascia senza perdersi
Si cambia senza morire
E l’amore è quello dei poeti Di me, di te
Della causalità   , del fato
Della vuota freccia del tempo
Che ignara mi trapassa il cuore
Vado via, me ne vado
Vado via, via, via, via…
Nel fumo delle parole mi disperdo
Nell’aria in frammenti mi disintegro
Vorrei, voglio
Voglio sì, sì, sì, sì…
Riunire i miei atomi, uno ad uno
Rifarmi di nuovo, argento e vetro
Nella luce
Di uno specchio vivo
Come all’inizio,
Puro e libero!

James Arthur – Coming Home For Summer Lyrics

JAMES ARTHURComing Home For Summer Lyrics
We started in October
Drowned our sins in cold November rain
Fought all through December
Prayed for snow to cover up the pain
Been so long under winter’s night
Waiting for the sun
Watching the horizon
Everybody’s coming home for summer
Battlefields a thousand miles away
What a feeling, taste the freedom
There with every bite
Finally we’re coming home
We shadow-boxed the enemy
Swing until we extradite our fears
They’re backed into a corner
Ring the bell, we shed our blood and tears
Like hibernating stow-aways, hoping for the sun
Watching the horizon
Everybody’s coming home for summer
Battlefields a thousand miles away
What a feeling, taste the freedom
There with every bite
Finally we’re coming home
Oh, we suffered in silence
Through storms and through violence
We’ve stayed our way
The waves have sub-sided
The clouds have divided
Found a reason to survive
Found the will to stay alive
That will be the last thing that we do
Heading for summer
Back home for summer
Everybody’s coming home for summer (everybody)
Battlefields a thousand miles away
What a feeling (what a feeling)
Taste the freedom (freedom)
There with every bite
Finally we’re coming home
Oh, we’re coming home
Oh, I’m coming home

Lana Del Rey – Change Lyrics

LANA DEL REYChange Lyrics
There’s something in the wind
I can feel it blowing in
It’s coming in softly
On the wings of a bomb
There’s something in the wind
I can feel it blowing in
It’s coming in hotly
And it’s coming in strong
[Pre-Chorus]
Lately I’ve been thinking it’s just someone else’s job to care
Who am I to sympathize when no one gave a damn
I’ve been thinking it’s just someone else’s job to care but who am I to wanna try but
[Refrain]
Change is a powerful thing
People are powerful beings
Trying to find the power in me to be faithful
Change is a powerful thing
I feel it coming in me
Maybe by the time this song is done
I will be able
To be honest, capable
Of holding you in my arms without letting you fall
When I don’t feel beautiful and stable
Maybe it’s enough to just be where we are because

Sevyn Streeter – Livin Lyrics

SEVYN STREETERLivin Lyrics
When I first started this journey of writing this album,
All I thought of was just making, you know, good songs. Girl Disrupted
I lost a fight with my heart
I lost my way in the dark
On a roller coaster, up and down
But look at me now, look at me now
Got the whole world looking at me, feeling crazy
Hard times in my feelings, suffocating
Our love take a credit like they made me
I’ve been waiting on this moment for a long time
And I’mma be damned if I let ’em count me out
And I’m betting on myself
Oh, and living without a care
Go on, sit back and watch ’em stare
Oh, I am living without a care
Brand new me
I know that you got your eyes on me
So hey bitch, hey bitch, hey bitch, hey bitch
Back to the stars
Miles away in a broken car
I lost my bet tryna find myself
But now I’m back like I never left

I had the whole world looking at me, feeling crazy
Hard times in my feelings, suffocating
Our love take a credit like they made me
But I’ve been waiting on this moment for a long time
And Imma be damned if I let ’em count me out, yeah
And I’m betting on myself
Oh, and living without a care
Go on, sit back and watch ’em stare
Oh, I am living without a care
Oh, living without a care
Oh, I am living without a care
Brand new me, yeah
Brand new, brand new me, yeah
Brand new, brand new me, yeah
Brand new me, living without a care
Brand new me, yeah
Brand new, brand new me, yeah
Brand new, brand new me, yeah
Brand new me, living without a care
Brand new me, yeah
Brand new, brand new me, yeah
Brand new, brand new me, yeah
Brand new me, living without a care And so here I am, you know,
Towards the end of finishing my album, creating my album,
And then that’s where I went through
Probably the most craziest shit I ever went through in my whole entire life
(Suffer with depression, I suffer with depression)
So this album for me is more than just music,
it’s more than just music
Love, loyalty, and liberation. Want the drums to be like this, and the keys to be like this,
And the guitar to be like this,
And then I came across this title, “Girl Disrupted,”
And I loved it so much, but little did I know
That that shit was actually gonna happen to me in life for real.

James Arthur – Finally Lyrics

JAMES ARTHURFinally Lyrics
This is all I ever wanted, all I ever thought I’d be
It’s the only place I truly feel as though I can be me
But the way I arrived, it was overnight
I’ve been on my worst behaviour
I’ve been on my worst behaviour
If only I had been like this
Now I can hold my heart in a fist
And all the voices leave
I can finally put it on my sleeve
Oh, if only they had really seen me
Maybe they would finally believe me when I say I’ve won
And my father gets to see a son that he can feel proud of
He can feel proud of,
He’s proud of me
This is all I ever wanted, all I ever thought I’d be
But the way that I behaved could have seemed quite the contrary
I’ve felt all the knives, they’re out of sight
I’ve been on my worst behaviour
I’ve been on my worst behaviour
If only I had been like this
Now I can hold my heart in a fist
And all the voices leave
I can finally put it on my sleeve
Oh, if only they had really seen me
Maybe they would finally believe me when I say I’ve won
And my mother gets to see a son that she can feel proud of
She can feel proud of,
She’s proud of me
She’s proud of me
They’re proud of me
They’re proud of me
They’re proud of me
She’s proud of me
She’s proud of, she’s proud of
They’re proud of, they’re proud of
They’re proud of me
They’re proud of me
They’re proud of me
She’s proud of, they’re proud of, oh woah
If only I had been like this
Now I can hold my heart in a fist
And all the voices leave
I can finally put it on my sleeve
Oh, if only they had really seen me
Then maybe they would finally believe me when I say I’ve won
And my family get to see why, that they can feel proud of
They can feel proud of,
They can feel proud of
They’re proud of me

Haircut 100 – Fantastic Day Lyrics

HAIRCUT 100Fantastic Day Lyrics
Well there?s a great amount of strain
About getting on that train
Every day and every night
The only thing that makes it good
Is seeing my favourite sight
Prance and flutter stride down that green escalator, yeah
When I?m getting off my train
And my love is on my brain
Every day and every night
The only thing that makes it right
Is seeing my favorite sight
Crying in the night with the summer in her eyes tonight
Fantastic day today
Fantastic day
Well I can find a funny feeling
Funny as a smile
When your mouth is all dry
Why? When I?m so in love with you
I can?t sit down and I cry in pain
With night and day
Fantastic day today
Fantastic day
Well it?s a fantastic day today
Well it?s a fantastic day
Well it?s a fantastic day
Well it?s a fantastic day Fantastic day today
Fantastic day
Well it?s a fantastic day today
Well it?s a fantastic day
I know I?ve lost myself again
True love has past me by
I tried to shave myself
Be a happier guy night and day
I can see it in your eyes
Now the summer never smiles
On a happy honey day
Am I being in the way?

Behold Oblivion – Ascendance Lyrics

Try as you may but you will never take this from our
hands. Those words you spoke are but a whisper now
Drowned out by the herald of my rebirth
But I assure you those words were not in vain
As they ignited the fire to my life. The wall of your contempt has fallen
And you are left defenseless
But take my hand regardless
Because this victory is yours as it is mine. For years you tread upon my aspirations
Told me that I was not meant for this
But when i’m on the other side of the world
I’ll be too busy to say I told you so. BEHOLD OBLIVIONAscendance Lyrics
[Bonus Track]
My dreams are the monolith in your hollow sky
Built by my hand, the testament of my will
Fingers of stone point forever, mocking me
But my ascendance will humble you yet. I’ve broken away
I see the path that’s laid out before me
Now our eyes are fixed towards the future
This music paves the road ahead
Still the steepest of mountains stands in our way
This is our ascendance from the life we left behind.

Amon Amarth – Children Of The Grave Lyrics

Yeah! Must the world live in the shadow of atomic fear? Yeah! AMON AMARTHChildren Of The Grave Lyrics
Revolution in their minds – the children start to march
Against the world in which they have to live
and all the hate that’s in their hearts
They’re tired of being pushed around
and told just what to do
They’ll fight the world until they’ve won
and love comes flowing through. *Black Sabbath Cover* So you children of the world, listen to what I say
If you want a better place to live in spread the words
today
Show the world that love is still alive you must be brave
Or you children of today are Children of the Grave. Children of tomorrow live in the tears that fall today
Will the sun rise up tomorrow bringing peace in any way? Can they win the fight for peace or will they disappear? Yeah!

Agathocles – Ain’t I Lyrics

Just all in my head,
these thoughts of of f**king death,
maybe all fantasies,
but oh so real to me
don’t wanna be positive,
’cause there will always be “if”
no need to f**king hope,
for good times which won’t come AGATHOCLESAin’t I Lyrics
Heard that love is in the air
but the only thing I breathe is gas,
gas of Misanthropia
the myth of love is dead,
Feel like being not understood,
god, I wish you f**king could,
visit my island of sorrow,
love today, hate tomorrow
Walking among the trees,
on my island full of sorrow,
trees resembling corpses,
ain’t I a happy bastard?

Bloodbound – Into Eternity Lyrics

BLOODBOUNDInto Eternity Lyrics
No one knows the way I’m feeling
Torn inside, my heart is weak
Hiding in my own world, feeling incomplete
Down and out, my soul is burning
Stranded in this no man’s land
Left in the dark now life is slipping through my hands
Somewhere deep inside my mind
Memories locked away…
All of my life I’ve been searching my soul
Lost in the darkness and out of control
Nowhere to go, slowly fading away into eternity…
How can I rise from the sorrow
Will I ever feel alive
Will I find a way to kill the pain inside
Falling deeper into darkness
Like a never ending flow
So lost and desperate with no place to call my home
In the corner of my mind
Memories locked away…
All of my life I’ve been searching my soul
Lost in the darkness and out of control
Nowhere to go, slowly fading away into eternity…
All of my life I’ve been searching my soul
Lost in the darkness and out of control
Nowhere to go, slowly fading away into eternity…

A Bullet For Pretty Boy – Windows Lyrics

A BULLET FOR PRETTY BOYWindows Lyrics
How can we bridge the path from dark to light
If we live like the rest. Can we portray his love? We are the Window
What we do is for you
Can we be your hands? Burn these walls
Let your light shine through this veil
Burn these walls
Let your light shine through
We are the Window
We must set our own hearts
Straight to lead the weak
We give ourselves to you
To see the truth within in your hands
Oh God take it all
Fill my lungs
Give me life
We were hollow men
We were hollow men
Consume me
I am choosing what I will let decide
Who I will become
With all this shame pulling at my feet
I will run to you
What can I do
To make this wretch pure
All of me
Use all of me for you
We must set our own hearts
Straight to lead the weak into the promise land
You still Give us hope
This is my flesh
Nothing more than a book
Of redemption and regrets
This is my flesh
Nothing more than a book
Of redemption and regrets
Burn these walls
Let your light shine through this veil
Burn these walls
Let your light shine through

Streets love me – Smokepurpp lyrics

Lyrics Smokepurpp – Streets love me
Momma told me, boy stay out the streets don’t be your pops
Came in with the magic like a pus*y let it pop
Momma told me, boy stay out the streets cause you get popped
Told my momma I’m sorry, I’m the one who sendin’ shots
I can’t leave the streets cause the streets love me
I can’t leave the streets cause the streets love me
I can’t leave the streets cause the streets love me
I can’t leave the streets cause the streets love me. Smokepurpp lyrics
Video me Momma told me, boy stay out the streets don’t be your pops
Came in with the magic like a pus*y let it pop
Momma told me, boy stay out the streets cause you get popped
Told my momma I’m sorry, I’m the one who sendin’ shots
I can’t leave the streets cause the streets love mee
I can’t leave the streets cause the streets love meee
I can’t leave the streets cause the streets love meee
I can’t leave the streets cause the streets love meee. Momma told me I should go to school and get a job
But instead I went and got some work, now I’m in charge
Spendin’ money, livin’ large
Half a mill’ in my garage
Bitches want a menage
Versuri-lyrics.info
My ex wanna sabotage
Sippin’ clean but the cup muddy, it’s blood up in my pop
That mop stick in that drop bit’, you gon’ f*ck around and get popped
I’m the one that call plays
I’m the one that sendin’ shots
I’m the one that set the streets on fire, you ain’t never been hot, no
I can’t leave the streets cause I feed the streets
My niggas need to eat where the cake we need a piece
I’m hot, I’m off the s**t no pancakes, I got surp’ nigga
Them Benjamin’s in the back of the Brinks like it’s a hearse nigga. I can’t leave the streets, b***h I love the beef
I like robbin’ cars, I’m a f*ckin’ thief
Diamonds on my teeth
Really rockin’ through the streets
Drink a pint of eight, run through four like every week
Lil Purpp, Lil Purrp pop five xans it’s cool
Lil Purpp, Lil Purrp diamonds wet like pool
Came in with the work, pus*y niggas talkin’ he can get murked
Niggas sayin’ I’ma put his a*s on a shirt. Momma told me, boy stay out the streets don’t be your pops
Came in with the magic like a pus*y let it pop
Momma told me, boy stay out the streets cause you get popped
Told my momma I’m sorry, I’m the one who sendin’ shots
I can’t leave the streets cause the streets love meee
I can’t leave the streets cause the streets love meee
I can’t leave the streets cause the streets love meee
I can’t leave the streets cause the streets love meee.

Floyd Cramer – The Entertainer Lyrics

Ah, but what the hell,
You know it’s just as well. No, I’ve got to meet expenses. I make all kinds of money,
When I go on the stage. But I know the game,
You will forget my name,
And I won’t be here
In another year,
If I don’t stay on the charts. So I’ve learned to dance
With a hand in my pants,
And they rub my neck,
And I write ’em a check,
And they go their merry way. You’ve heard my latest record,
It’s been on the radio. And I’d love to stay,
But there’s bills to pay,
So I just don’t have the time. But I know the game,
You will forget my name,
And I won’t be here
In another year,
If I don’t stay on the charts. I’ll get put in the back
In the discount rack,
Like another can of beans. I can’t stay that long. I am the entertainer,
And I’ve had to pay my price. Today I am your champion. It was a beautiful song. Ah, it took me years to write it,
They were the best years of my life. If you’re gonna have a hit,
You gotta make it fit–
So they cut it down to 3:05. I may have won your hearts. I am the entertainer,
And I know just where I stand:
Another serenader,
And another long-haired band. Today I am your champion. I am the entertainer,
I come to do my show. I am the entertainer,
I bring to you my songs. I can’t remember faces,
I don’t remember names. I’d like to spend a day or two. I am the entertainer,
Been all around the world. But if I go cold,
I won’t get sold. I am the entertainer,
The idol of my age. But it ran too long. I got to stay in line. Ah, but still they come to haunt me,
Still they want their say. Gotta get those fees
To the agencies. FLOYD CRAMERThe Entertainer Lyrics
I am the entertainer,
And I know just where I stand:
Another serenader,
And another long-haired band. ‘Cause after a while
And a thousand miles,
It all becomes the same. The things I did not know at first,
I learned by doin’ twice. I’ve played all kinds of palaces,
And laid all kinds of girls. Ah, you’ve seen me in the papers,
I’ve been in the magazines. I may have won your hearts.

Lana Del Rey – Heroin Lyrics

LANA DEL REYHeroin Lyrics
Topanga is hot tonight, the city by the bay
Has movie stars and liquor stores and soft decay
The rumbling from distant shores sends me to sleep
But the facts of life, can sometimes make it hard to dream
[Pre-Chorus 1]
Life rocked me like Motley
Grab me by the ribbons in my hair
Life rocked me, ultra-softly
Like the heavy metal that you wear
[Chorus]
Flying to the moon again
Dreaming about heroin
Probably gave you everything
And took your life away
I put you on an aeroplane
Destined for a foreign land
I thought that you’d come back again
To tell me everything’s
Okay (eh, eh, babe, yeah)