We're now in the home stretch as the Big Skies festival starts with the Dalby Picnic Races this Saturday. One of the front-runners of the region's social calendar, the Dalby Picnic Races...
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There's still time to join the action at Big Skies


We're now in the home stretch as the Big Skies festival starts with the Dalby Picnic Races this Saturday.

One of the front-runners of the region's social calendar, the Dalby Picnic Races are now in their 107th year of high fashion and higher stakes.

Around 8,000 punters will try their luck at the races or parade their race wear, with gates opening at 12 noon on Saturday 27 April. 

To cater for the crowd there are several large marquees, ranging from private gatherings for guests wanting that something special, to the popular O'Shea's Windsor Watering Hole.

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HURRY - Chef's Table ticket sales close this Friday

Speaking of something special, there are just a few tickets left for the Chef's Table event on Friday 3 May.

Spoil yourself by partaking in an exceptional five-course gourmet luncheon, prepared by one of Australia's original Celebrity Chefs, Ben O'Donoghue.

Ben is highly regarded amongst food connoisseurs, being the owner of three highly successful restaurants, author of four books and making multiple appearances in prime-time shows across the UK and Australia throughout his 20-year career.

Don't miss out - tickets to this amazing event are only on sale until this Friday 26 May.

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Explore our region at Big Skies

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If an outdoor picnic is more your style, why not pop out to 'Sunnyview' in Miles for a tasty picnic lunch washed down with a glass of champers, then be treated to a rare tour of mosaic artist Kylie Bourne's studio which is in the midst of preparations for her next solo exhibit later this year.

For those who are interested in what makes our region a leader in renewable energy, mining or agricultural performance, there is still time to book into one of our regional tours on 2-3 May.

The Agricultural Leaders tours will give you a deeper appreciation for the work that goes into prosperous agricultural businesses including feedlots and cotton farms, while the Sustainable Energy Exploration tour covers the Bio-refinery and Coopers Gap Wind Farm.

Even our libraries have jumped on-board the Big Skies festival, hosting photobook workshops to turn your fabulous travel photos into long-lasting treasures or how to delve into the fascinating process of discovering your ancestry.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh is pleased at how the Big Skies festival has grown since its conception in 2018.

"Not only do we have these large-scale events over the nine days, our communities have brought forward many suggestions for activities that are now value-adding to the festival in a delightful way," he said.

"There truly is something for everyone from golf days to outdoor feasts, outdoor movies, craft and machinery displays, art and craft activities, exhibitions and tours in almost every town in our region."

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