The inaugural Big Skies Festival will kick off with the Dalby Picnic Races in just over five weeks, organised by the Western Downs Regional Council to increase local tourism.

Big Skies Festival ambassadors Luke and Cody Cook have been the first to spread the best of the Western Downs to their city and country fans far and wide.

“We know better than anyone how great it is out here and we’re really glad to be Ambassadors for the first Big Skies Festival,” said Luke. “We’ll showcase our regions amazing local produce, there’s a film festival, hot air ballooning and an awesome line up of classic Aussie rock at Jimbour House. “There are heaps of great events over the seven days, so we want people to come and stay for a few days and enjoy a real country experience.”

Western Downs Mayor Councillor Paul McVeigh said he is proud of the community’s reputation to put on a good show.

“Council saw the opportunity to leverage the popularity of the Dalby Picnic Races into something more for the region by offering a week of activities and events that will appeal to a variety of people,” said Cr McVeigh.

“The Big Skies Festival will be a wonderful week of events and activities that will enhance our reputation as a region that offers something special for people looking for an authentic rural experience as well as a whole lot of fun.”

Some events will be free of charge to attend while others will require booking and payment to secure a ticket.

Camping will be available onsite at the central location of Jimbour Station for the duration of the Big Skies Festival.

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