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Want to know what to get up to and all the best spots when visiting Chinchilla? Read through our handy articles today for helpful information!

Chinchilla Show - Fun for Everyone

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Chinchilla Show - Fun for Everyone

The Chinchilla Showgrounds will play host to the Annual Chinchilla Show this Friday 25 May and Saturday 26 May.

Explore the colourful display of arts and crafts in the Pavilion – be in envy of the cooking and preserving skills of the local cooks, and admire the fine needlework and the high standard photographic exhibition. Stroll through the livestock pavilion, and check out the horse ring events including the show jumping.

Much of the entertainment during the day is targeted to family groups and the kids with the all-day entertainment including mini kids rodeo rides, the much-loved petting zoo and roving cartoon animals to name just a few.

Don’t miss out on those mighty lads doing the woodchop, special cooking demonstrations, there is even a Scoot Stunt Juggler workshop!

On Friday night the Trackskill V8 Utes will be racing, followed by a Farmer's Challenge then a wonderful Fireworks display, and on Saturday the Rodeo will finish with a great band. So make sure you stay until the sun goes down to enjoy the whole experience of this wonderful country show.

Attend one day or do both with your family and friends, and keep the tradition of these great country shows going for many years to come.

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Time to Remember - ANZAC DAY 2018

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Time to Remember - ANZAC DAY 2018

Anzac Day is a time for the community to come together to remember and recognise the service and sacrifice of members of the Australian Defence Force.

On Wednesday 25 April, the Western Downs will be commemorating Anzac Day with dawn services and commemoration services across the region.

The Chinchilla Dawn service will commence at 5:55am at Fuller Place on Heeney Street, followed by a Commemoration March at 10:45am and Commemoration Service at 11am.

If you would like to attend one of the many events across the Western Downs, click here to find the closest event to you.

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Where for art thou?

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Where for art thou?

Every year the major art galleries across the Western Downs come together and host the Annual Western Downs Regional Artists’ Exhibition. It is a space to showcase Western Downs artists, and helps them to raise their profiles beyond the regions borders.

Total prize money of the competition is an amazing $2150, and all paintings are available for sale during the exhibition.

This year, artists are encouraged to explore the values of light and shade, any subject, with no limits – no light, low light, directional light, 2D or 3D work. The possibilities are endless, monochromatic or a myriad of colours.

Artists may submit up to four artworks.

Each work must be accompanied by a completed entry form.

Submitted works will be selected by the exhibition curator, who will also award the prizes.

All artists who submit work will be represented in the curator’s exhibition selection.

A full colour, professionally-presented exhibition catalogue will document the exhibition and include a curatorial essay.

Entries must be received by Monday 2 July
Fees $25 per entry (non-refundable)

Opening Night and Presentation of Prizes from 5.30pm on Saturday 22nd September at Lapunyah Art Gallery, Chinchilla.

Exhibition runs from Monday 24th September until Wednesday 24th October at Lapunyah Art Gallery, Chinchilla.

Please read the Conditions of Entry carefully.

Kings Park Accommodation proudly supports all local initiatives that bring the community together, and we look forward to attending the event exhibition in September.

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Adopt a Tree in Chinchilla and Surrounds

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Adopt a Tree in Chinchilla and Surrounds

Why More Trees?

As boring as it may seem compared to solar panels and hybrid cars, planting trees is one of the most powerful and affordable ways to make a personal difference for the environment. And it’s a fun and educational activity to do with kids, too.

As we learned in primary school science, trees are essential to life. They create the very air we breathe and filter air pollution.

Trees also build soil and help soak up stormwater before it can create a flood, and they offer energy-saving shade that reduces global warming and creates habitat for thousands of different species. 

Most importantly, trees sequester carbon, helping to remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which cools the earth. In fact, a mature canopy tree absorbs enough carbon and releases enough oxygen to sustain two human beings!

You really can’t go wrong by planting trees!

So Adapt a Tree – It’s Good For Everyone

The Western Downs Regional Council is bringing more trees to the streets for their popular Adopt a Street Tree program in 2018.

Council’s Adopt a Street Tree program is open to all towns (that includes Chinchilla) across the Western Downs and it’s FREE to register your interest.

Registrations for this year’s planting program are now open and will close Friday 16 March 2018.

Register your interest by calling 1300 COUNCIL or filling out our online form.

Kings Park Accommodation just registered our interest to adopt a tree, why don’t you give it a go too.

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Beginners Guide to Campdrafting

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Beginners Guide to Campdrafting

Campdrafting is a uniquely Australian horse sport that puts the skills of both horse and rider to the test, and is a great test of how good a cattleman you truly are. Campdrafting involves two main stages firstly "The Camp" or cutout yard where the rider selects his beast, separates it from a mob and works it, and "The Course" or arena, where the rider guides his beast in a pattern. Campdrafts are judged by a single judge on horseback. 

Before you even think about beginning to campdraft, you need to ensure that both you and your horse are up to the job. 

Riders need to be very competent and confident and should have some experience working cattle. A horse will preferably have had experience working cattle. Horses should have the ability to turn on their back legs, stop and start quickly similarly to a cutting horse. Indeed, many cutting horses, or, more commonly cutting bred horses, often make fine campdrafters, providing they have the speed to keep up with a beast in the arena. The most common breed used for campdrafting is the Australian Stock horse, closely followed by the Quarter horse, however almost any smart horse with a bit of cattle sense can make a campdrafter.

Practice, visit a campdraft, talk to some experts.

You and your horse need to practice, practice and practice before you enter your first competition. Be a spectator at local Campdrafts and watch what they do and take some notes. Ask to speak with the winners on the day, and get their winning advice and tips. Watch You Tube clips when you can't get out on your horse.

Go to a small campdraft first. 

So, you're all set, you've got an idea what to do and you're at your first draft. It's probably best if you go to a small local one for your first time. The competitors will tend to be more friendly and it is a lot more fun, even if the cattle are often more difficult.

The perfect event for your first Campdraft is the Landmark Chinchilla Encouragement Draft & The Big Show Camp Horse Challenge.

This campdraft is run by the Chinchilla A & P Association Campdraft Committee for the purpose of giving young riders, maiden horses and new competitors the opportunity and the experience of competing at a Campdraft.

This year's event will be held on Saturday 3 rd & Sunday 4th March 2018

For more details on this event and registration information visit their facebook page

For spectators and family wanting to encourage these beginner Campdrafters, come stay with us for the weekend. Think of Kings Park Accommodation as your home away from home. Call us today to book.

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