ICONIC EVENT: The annual Paradise Lagoons Campdraft will be held from today until Sunday with a number of events and competitions happening over the five days. Blair Angus is a regular competitor at the campdraft and is looking forward to this year’s event.
ICONIC EVENT: The annual Paradise Lagoons Campdraft will be held from today until Sunday with a number of events and competitions happening over the five days. Blair Angus is a regular competitor at the campdraft and is looking forward to this year’s event. Sharyn Oneill Rokscamp

Gates to Paradise Lagoons Campdraft to open today

ONE of Central Queensland's most iconic events kicks off today as the region gears up for the 2015 Paradise Lagoons Campdraft.

The world-class complex, just 17km west of Rockhampton, will host an expected 4000 competitors in the various events and competitions over the next five days, including the inaugural Graeme Acton Restricted Open Draft.

Graeme Acton had a dream to take the Australian-grown sport of campdrafting to a new level for competitors and spectators and with the help of his brother and business partner, Evan, that dream became a reality.

This will be the first campdraft since the passing of Graeme in May last year.

Spectator numbers are expected to be in the thousands with people coming from near and far for the event and to honour Graeme's dream.

Over the next five days a number of competitions will be held, including the Acton Super Beef Australian Open Draft, the Elders Open Cutting and the RB Sellars Champion of Champions.

Friday evening will see numbers waving in the air as the Super Sires Semen Auction takes place in the cutting arena.

The Crack Up Sisters will provide live entertainment on Saturday night as part of the State of Origin program with special guest, former NRL rugby league coach Anthony Griffin.

Visit campdraft.com for a detailed list of competitions, events and entry requirements regarding the event.

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: The Commonwealth Bank Agribusiness Paradise Lagoons Campdraft

WHEN: From today until Sunday

WHERE: Paradise Lagoons, 17km west of Rockhampton (visit campdraft.com for directions)

COST: Gold coin donation Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. $10 per adult Saturday

WHAT IS CAMPDRAFTING:

Campdrafting is an equestrian sport in which each rider in turn selects a steer from the herd and directs it around a set course.


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