Cunnamulla is known for its famous character the Cunnamulla Fella, brought to life by Stan Coster lyrics and later immortalized in song by the late Slim Dusty. The Cunnamulla Fella is the larrikin in all Australians. In the 1950 and 60's, Cunnamulla was enjoying prosperity and growth due to a strong wool industry. Friday and Saturday nights saw the young ringers and shearers race to town for dancin', lovin' and fightin'. These young blokes worked hard, and tomorrow was a long way off.
The festival originated in 2005 and was started to celebrate the great outback spirit of the Cunnamulla Fella. Each year, the event goes from strength to strength with tourists coming from NSW, Queensland and Victoria. It is a fun celebration of the cultural heritage of Cunnamulla and the Paroo Shire. The festival has become a highlight of the outback events calendar and this year, it will be bigger and better than ever.
The Festival includes a Rodeo and Entertainment evening, with $5,700.00 prize money, trophies and sashes up for grabs, along with the exciting PBR Bull Ride evening , where professional bull riders will compete for the coveted Cunnamulla Fella Festival Opal Buckle ( worth $2,100.00) and $10,000.00 Prize money. You can enjoy all the live action and replays on our widescreen, that has added another dimension to the Rodeo and Bull Ride to the west and Cunnamulla' event.
The Cunnamulla Fella Challenge is open to adults - over 18 years. The challenge, made up of 7 bush events, includes whip cracking and a cross cut saw race.
There are plenty of things to do with a jam-packed program of entertainment with country music, live entertainment and a carnival atmosphere. The ‘Cunnamulla Fella Festival’ makes for a great family weekend out ,with plenty of activities for the kids and at Bob Poncho Park and Saturday evening at John Kerr Park.