History of the Red Rooster All Australian Jamboree
The Red Rooster All Australian Jamboree was dreamed up in 1991 on the drive home from a Festival where very little Australian composed country music was sung. The first festival was held at the Dixon Rodeo Grounds in 1992. We were so excited about having Evelyn Bury as our main artist and supported by Noel Dobel. Evelyn Bury, at that time was a Gold Guitar winning artist who had been named in the top 10 Female Country Artists of the year for many years. Noel Dobel sang like Slim Whitman. It rained on that Saturday cabaret night and they stayed on to entertain the crowd on Sunday night.
The Red Rooster All Australian Jamboree was moved to the RSL for a few years and the Charters Towers Racecourse. Finally a decision was made to move it to a week before the Charters Towers Country Music Festival and hold it at the Barn at Charters Towers Showgrounds in 1998 and has been there ever since.
We set out then to fill the intervening week with Tamworth like activities. This ten day period was called “Towers Bonza Bash” in the beginning but has had a name change since to “Ten Days in the Towers”.