are held at Evandale Parklands and are part of its annual citizenship ceremony at The Council Chambers.
The camel rides are always popular
Evandale is a brilliant day out for all the family with a rich variety of truly Australian entertainment, food and fun. From pig racing, sheep shearing and duck herding to pottery, woodturning and spinning and weaving, the day is a full one with pony rides ($3), a climbing wall ($3), face painting and puppet shows too. There really is something for everyone.
I notice that last year's rodeo has been replaced with the new Big Top Family Circus, which includes Kids Circus Workshops, Circus Performances and the Chinese Lion Dance displays.
On the entertainment side there are 2 stages with their own program of events. Dairy Farmers Billy Lids Stage will feature a Rompin' Stompin' kids show, Potts Family Band the GCCC's Key to the City Quiz Show. The Gold Coast City Council Stage will host The Bagman, The Aussie Boys Great Southern Band and The Cook Islands Cultural Group.
You can shoot some hoops with the Meriton Gold Coast Blaze Basketball Clinic or test your footy skills at the NRL skills clinics. You can also get involved in AFL activities such as handball and kicking competitions. There are running races - The Gold Coast Griffith University Gift Race and games and activities to keep kids entertained.
Woodchoppers at work
From snake shows to wood chopping competitions - the variety is great, the spirit and atmosphere relaxed and buoyant as everyone celebrates a day off with a ton of free entertainment.
Evandale Parklands is located at 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise. Entry is free, as are the majority of the activities. The time is between 10am and 4pm. Parking is limited at the site but there is additional free parking at The Gold Coast Turf Club, with shuttle buses running all day. Click here for the program of events.
If you are looking for something to do on Thursday 26 January, get down to Evandale as the Gold Coast comes out to celebrate Australia's birthday.