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What is R.U.M?

Rodeo, Utes and Music. Combine the three and you have our Burdekin RUM Weekend. Proudly presented by The Golden Octopus Foundation, this unique event attracts some of the best bull riders and rodeo supporters in Australia. Country Music lovers will be entertained by the impressive line up of performers while Ute owners from across the country bring their prized possessions for the enjoyment of all enthusiasts.
Attendees can cheer on Australia’s best Bull Riders, including our ambassador Budd Williamson, from lunch time on Saturday and then dance the night away with live entertainment from the Keely Johnson Band (KJB), followed by RUM's headline event, Australia’s biggest Country Rock Band, The Wolfe Brothers. Sunday presents another action-packed day with one of North Queensland's biggest Ute Musters accompanied by a stellar line up of country music artists including Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year, Mason Hope, Up and Coming Country Music Star (as well as avid Ute owner), Amanda Faulkner and Graduate of the CMAA Junior and Senior Academy of Country Music Jack McDougall. Amongst the vehicles on display is the winner of the 2016 Deni Ute Muster and 2016 Ekka Ute Muster, Allan Hamilton and his Ute ‘Demonic’, a celebrity in it's own right!



Budd Williamson | Ambassador

Budd Williamson|Burdekin RUM Weekend Ambasssador

Events & Entertainment

Rodeo.Utes.Music. There's something for everyone at the Burdekin RUM Weekend!


We are proud to announce our generous Sponsors for 2018
Bullzye Gear Townsville - $2000 Sponsor
Rotary Club of Ayr
Burdekin Shire Council - $2000 Sponsor
South 32 Logo - $2000 Sponsor
Stephen White Management - $5000 Sponsor
Lone Wolf Security - $2000 Sponsor
Burdekin Seafood Hut Logo
Mark Hudson Engineering
Crown Hotel Home Hill
BMS Lasersat
DF & DL Drain Transport - $5000 Sponsor

Performing Artists

Meet our talented performers


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All entry forms, sponsorship, stallholder and event details can be found on this site. For any other queries do not hesitate to contact us using one of the following methods.
Burdekin Showgrounds Ayr
E-mail: rum@goldenoctopusfoundation.org.au Phone: Cathy Johnson - 0428 129 226