Faces from the Tara camel races

Tara's Festival of Culture and Camel Races attract record crowd

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More than 12,000 people from all over Australia made their way to the small Queensland town of Tara for the Festival of Culture and Camel Races.

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More than 12,000 people from all over Australia made their way to the small Queensland town of Tara for the 10th Festival of Culture and Camel Races, making this year's event an enormous success.

"It was by far the biggest we've ever had", said Tara local Lou Thornbury, one of the Festival's camel racing organisers.

Held every two years during the first week of August, the Festival of Culture and Camel Races is a weekend full of live entertainment and multi-cultural performances.

Tempting the taste buds, a vast array of food from around the world as well as plenty of local cuisines were available for the duration of the event - the Devonshire teas, home cooked breakfasts and local coffee barista proved to be popular among early morning attendees.

Festival highlights included a spectacular firework display, Bollywood dance workshops, Japanese drummers, Indigenous performers, camel rides and more.

Celtic rock band, Murphy's Pigs, from Brisbane, was well received by festival goers, resulting in standing room only for each of the band's three shows over the huge and vibrant weekend.

Festival organisers are looking forward to the planning of Tara's next Festival of Culture and Camel Races, to be held at the town's show and camping grounds in the first week of August, 2021.

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