Maize Festival


2024 ‘Let’s Get Tropical’ Maize Festival Main Events

Please keep in mind event registration closing dates when applying. We would love to see everyone partake and would hate for you to miss out.

Bunnings BBQ – 26th May 2024


    Queen and Charity Queen Competition

    The program is intended to grow confidence and potential in young rural women.

    Applications Close: Sunday 5th May 2024

    Maize Festival Princess Program!

    Great opportunity for Girls 12-16 and Businesses to give back to community.

    Maize High Tea – 4th August 2024

    Kairi Community Hall


      Gala Ball – 17th August 2024

      Yungaburra Hall


      Street Parade – 31st August 2024 

      Main Street Atherton – Including Tug-o-war and presentation of competition winners

      Traditional Main Street parade with (Farm Life Theme) floats lining up from 5 pm and parade starting at 7 pm for 2 laps of the Main Street

        Children’s Colouring Competition

        Primary School Age

        More details to come

          Rural Photo Competition

          More details to come

            Nominate a team


            Team captains will be notified of Tug-O-War schedule prior to the Maize Festival Parade.

            Forms are to be returned by (to be confirmed)

            The Atherton Maize Festival reserves the right to remove participants from the competition at any time. The number of competition teams will
            be limited. Please ensure your nominations are registered early.

            Past Event Winners

            Ambassador Program

            The Ambassador Program provides a fun, supportive platform for our youth to explore their strengths, feel more confident in their skills and to connect – with each other, with mentors & with their community.

            We are committed to offering a supportive and inclusive environment for all participants.

            Ambassador Program – 2018

            Ambassador Program – 2017

            A program intended to grow confidence and potential in young rural women

            Maize Queen Competition

            16 – 25-year-old Women (we are willing to cater to all and change the program if others are interested)

            Maize Queen – Overall winner

            Mazie Festival Charity Queen – Most funds raised

            Encouragement award – Will be given by the judges for the most improved/showing growth throughout the program.

            Grow Yourself
            Workshops, talks & events to develop your skills & confidence. Get amongst some inspiring mentors & fresh ideas.

            Grow Your Circle
            Meet some awesome people & make new friends. Link with local businesses & community groups.

            Grow Your Community
            Help drive support around youth development. Meet influential members of the community & have your say
            Support our not for profit groups who help those in need.

            Have you met Cornelius the Cob?

            Cornelius can be found at nearly all our fundraising events and is busy socialising with all our amazing locals throughout the festival.

            Keep an eye out and come say hello if you see Cornelius and don’t forget to snap a photo with this festival celebrity (make sure to tag us on socials, we love to see everyone’s wonderful photos)