Thursday, February 15, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Iconic Polocrosse Turns 35

For the past 35 years, people have been travelling to Bowen for the town's annual polocrosse carnival.

Polocrosse is a horsemanship sport that is a combination of polo and lacrosse and has been played in Australia since the 1930's.

The annual Bowen carnival will be held on July 27 and 28, 2024.

Representatives of the Bowen Polocrosse Club met with representatives of Bowen Tourism and Business this week to discuss the promotion of the 35th annual carnival.

Chair of Bowen Tourism and Business, Jenn Honnery said events like this added to the diverse range of activities available for our visitors.

"Bowen Tourism and Business is proud to support events that bring visitors to our region,” she said.

Manager of Bowen Tourism and Business, Leanne Abernethy, said all events provided an economic boost for the town.

"The Polocrosse Club is currently looking for sponsors as well as food vendors," she said.

"We are looking forward to working with the club to spread the word about the carnival so more people will come to Bowen and discover the many attractions in our region."

While the Club has yet to solidify their 35th anniversary celebrations, they are excited to welcome players, old and new, to the carnival.

“The Club was founded by just a few people who were passionate. The first President was president for over 20 years, before he took a step back, and a lot of the same committee are still on the team,” Jess Foster, a Committee Member of the Club, explained.

“We’re expecting big numbers for our Carnival, and our anniversary celebrations will be great, whenever we have them.”


WHAT: Bowen Polocrosse Club Carnival

WHEN: July 27 and 28 2024

CHATTING ABOUT POLOCROSSE CARNIVAL: Bowen Polocrosse Club representatives, Jess Foster, and Jessie Russell (and young Mackenley Russell) with Chair of Bowen Tourism and Business, Jenn Honnery and Manager Leanne Abernethy. Photo supplied

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