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IN JUST over five weeks, the in­au­gu­ral Big Skies Fes­ti­val will kick off with the renowned Dalby Pic­nic Races.

Big Skies Fes­ti­val has been put to­gether by Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil to em­brace the in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion tourism mar­ket and cap­i­talise on the thou­sands of peo­ple al­ready com­ing from far and wide to at­tend the fa­mous Pic­nic Races.

Big Skies Fes­ti­val am­bas­sadors Luke and Cody Cook are happy to spruik the best of the Western Downs to their city and coun­try fans.

“We know bet­ter than any­one how great it is out here and we're re­ally glad to be am­bas­sadors for the first Big Skies Fes­ti­val,” Luke said.

“We’ll show­case our re­gions amaz­ing lo­cal pro­duce, there’s a film fes­ti­val, hot air bal­loon­ing and an awe­some line-up of clas­sic Aussie rock at Jim­bour House.

“There are heaps of great events over the seven days, so we want peo­ple to come and stay for a few days and en­joy a real coun­try ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Paul McVeigh said Big Skies tick­ets sales were start­ing to in­crease with the in­au­gu­ral event just over a month away.

“Peo­ple know that we put on a great show out here, that's our rep­u­ta­tion and coun­cil is re­ally proud of that,” Cr McVeigh said.

“Coun­cil saw the op­por­tu­nity to lever­age the pop­u­lar­ity of the Dalby Pic­nic Races into some­thing more for the re­gion by of­fer­ing a week of ac­tiv­i­ties and events that will ap­peal to a va­ri­ety of peo­ple.

“The Big Skies Fes­ti­val will be a won­der­ful week of events and ac­tiv­i­ties that will en­hance our rep­u­ta­tion as a re­gion that of­fers some­thing spe­cial for peo­ple look­ing for an au­then­tic ru­ral ex­pe­ri­ence as well as a whole lot of fun.”

Some events will be free of charge to at­tend while oth­ers will re­quire pre-book­ing and pay­ment to se­cure a ticket. Camp­ing will be avail­able on­site at lo­cal events as well as at the cen­tral lo­ca­tion of Jim­bour Sta­tion for the du­ra­tion of the Big Skies Fes­ti­val.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.bigskies2018.com.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GREAT EVENT: Big Skies Fes­ti­val am­bas­sadors Luke and Cody Cook.

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