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Love advice: Strike up a conversation – 97% of surveyed Aussies prefer initiating a conversation to liking a photo on social media.
Whatever your fancy: feathered fascinators or Akubras, the Birdsville Races (1-2 September 2017) transforms a dusty Queensland town of around 120 residents to 10,000 for the Melbourne Cup of the Outback.
Her fiancé dropped to one knee at the 2014 event, having pre-arranged a congratulatory announcement by country music trio, The Mc Clymonts.
For all the single ladies, Irena confirms cowboys are true gentlemen, with a long line-up of talent at this year’s Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo; both in the ring and on stage for ‘Rock the Rodeo’, including Toowoomba’s country-rock artist, Mick Lindsay. Be brave and pluck up the courage to approach someone (only 30% of single Aussies have had the guts to say ‘Hi’ at a live event).
Even multi-award winning country music superstar Troy Cassar-Daley met his missus at the event in 1993, proposing in the same spot, backstage, two years later.
He returns this year, alongside John Williamson, Kasey Chambers, The Mc Clymonts, Beccy Cole and Gympie’s own Caitlyn Shadbolt (who made Top 5 on 2014 and won the 2016 Commercial Radio Australia New Artist to Nashville Scholarship).
Organisers have lost count of love matches, with this year’s 35th-anniversary souvenir program featuring a seemingly endless line-up of couples from across Queensland and Australia who have met, dropped to one knee or said “I do” at the festival.Love Advice: Make eye contact – 93% of surveyed Aussies give a big thumbs-up to ‘locking eyes for the first time’ over receiving a friend request via social media. If you’re a sucker for a cowboy romance novel, Nicholas Sparks’ has nothing on real-life love stories forged at Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo (11-13 August 2017).