RENEE Surawski and her team set out with the aim to put the country back into the Coal and Country Festival and boy, did they deliver.
The festival, which is only in its third year, saw a record number of cattle arrive at Moura, travelling from as far as Cecil Plains for the judging, cementing its position as one not to miss on the local circuit.
Organiser Renee said there were 124 exhibits in the judging plus a number of competitors participating in the junior judging sections.
"It was certainly a sight not to miss with a sea of cowboy hats across the main arena," Renee said.
"I'm very excited for what the future holds for this event.
"We went out with the aim to bring the country back to the Coal and Country Festival and we undoubtedly have achieved that in only the third year of the event."
Renee and her team's hard work undoubtedly paid of this year with the event attracting not only the best cattle in Central Queensland but the best cattle in Queensland with studs travelling from the Darling Downs to attend.
The judging, under the watchful eye of Terry Randell, Crinum Fitting Service, Capella, allows stud owners to showcase their cattle to prospective buyers as the local bull sales are fast approaching.
Potential buyers are also able to view a wide range of breeds and make a decision for what is best for their herd.
The festival also introduced a "guess the weight" competition which was a nine-year-old bullock owned by the Lorimer Family of Moura.
Affectionately known as Earl, this whopping bullock was 972kg with Sally Bensley taking out the winning guess.
Renee said this year's successful Moura Coal and Country Festival was thanks to many volunteers and sponsors.
"A huge shout out to all our incredible sponsors and tireless volunteers," Renee said.
"It's such an enjoyable day but having the support of community businesses and locals who pitch in and help makes it even better."
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