Ten things to do in Gladstone this weekend

IF you're looking for something to do in the Gladstone region this weekend, here are 10 suggestions to get you started.

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1. Bikes and bulls

THE two most dangerous sports in the world face off in a bikes vs bulls showdown at the Gladstone Showgrounds on Saturday.

Australia's top cowboys will be trying to hang on to the toughest bulls in the country while the team from Aussie FMX  hang off their bikes as they turn themsevles inside out and upside down.

The cowboys turn up the heat with a crazy tandem bull ride, only to see it try to be outdone by the FMX boys with a two person, one bike tandem backflip.

The show will include special effects and a fireworks show, along with mechanical bull ride, kids' jumping castle, giveaways and autograph signing. 

It's great family entertainment designed to appeal to all ages

Gates open at 3pm and the show starts at 5pm.

Tickets cost $55 adults, $45 student and $35 child if purchased at the gate, but are cheaper pre-sale online.

Visits www.bikesandbulls.com.au for more details.

2. Saucy burlesque show

A GROUP of Sydney women are keeping the age-old burlesque style of strip tease dance and performance alive.

Nikki Sidney, Marley Aurora and Rachael Fox are touring Queensland with Tease Australia, a modern take on burlesque.

It features lights, sound, extravagant costumes and saucy group and solo performances.

The show will feature at Harvey Road Tavern on Sunday from 12.30pm. Entry is free.

3. Official opening of new playground

C&K Clinton Community Childcare will officially open its new playground on Saturday.

The community is invited to join the childcare service for a sausage sizzle, car boot sale and plenty of activities for the kids.

The event will run from 10am to noon at 4 Harvey Rd, Clinton.

For more information contact the service on 4978 6294 or email clinton@candk.asn.au.

4. Mt Larcom cent sale

THE Mount Larcom branch of the QCWA will hold a cent sale in its King George St Hall on Saturday with a Christmas in July theme.

Doors open at 1pm for a 2pm start. There will be good prizes, raffle, lucky door and afternoon tea served.

All are welcome. Admission is $2 and cent sale tickets are $1 each.

Proceeds go towards the maintenance of the hall.

Contact Alanah 4975 1003 or 4972 2268 for more details.

5. Miriam Vale markets

THE Miriam Vale Lions Club will host the Miriam Vale Markets from 6am to noon on Saturday.

Stroll through the park to view a variety of stalls, and tempt your taste buds with a variety of burgers.

The markets are held at  Lions Park in Blomfield St. Entry is $1.

6. Kmart markets

THE Rotary Club of Gladstone Midday Markets are held on the third Sunday of each month in the Kmart car park on Phillip St, Gladstone.

There is a wide range of goods on offer including food, coffee, cakes, jewellery, hand-made soaps, plants, toys, clothes and bric-a-brac.

There also is entertainment from local artists. The markets run from 7.30am to 12.30pm.

7. Roll of the Dice motorcycle ride

THE Gladstone Harley Owners Group is having a Roll of the Dice run on Sunday.

All bikes are welcome for a fun day out. Cost is $25 per person which includes a steak burger for lunch.

There will be prizes for the lowest, highest and second-highest score, along with raffles.

Registration starts at 8am at Harbour City Harley Davidson, 85 Hanson Road, Gladstone, and the run starts at 10am.

Phone John 0457 032 914 or Jack 0419 466 963 for more details.

8. Old Wheels in Motion Rally

BILOELA will be abuzz with the sound of engines whirring, the clatter of horses hooves, the puff of steam and smoke, as the Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club hosts the 15th annual Old Wheels In Motion Rally on Saturday and Sunday.

The event will bring exhibitors from across Queensland together to host a working rally showcasing the uniqueness of the many vintage machines and collectables on display.

There will be demonstrations and events including a vintage tractor pull, tractor balancing competition and a grand parade, along with displays of traditional crafts and trades.

Entry is $7 adults, $5 concession and $20 family. The fun will kick off at 8am at Queensland Heritage Park, 11 Exhibition St, Biloela.

9. Many Story Treehouse Exhibition

GLADSTONE Regional Art Gallery and Museum is hosting an exhibition of Terry Denton's illustrations for the Treehouse series by himself and Andy Griffiths.

The exhibition features original illustrations, sketches and layouts showing the development of crazy ideas, characters and stories for The Treehouse series.

It is on display until August 22.

The gallery is open on Saturday from 10am to 5pm at the corner of Goondoon and Bramston Sts, Gladstone.

Admission is free.

10. Fundraising garage sale

A GARAGE sale to raise funds for Ken Pashley, who was involved in a motor vehicle accident in 1976 when he was 13, will be held on Sunday.

After the accident Ken had to have his leg amputated.

Due to nerve problems he has been unable to wear a conventional socket type artificial leg and has spent many years on crutches, which has lead to curvature of the spine and operations on both shoulders.

Thanks to new technology, he is now a candidate to be fitted with a leg by the use of ossio integration, an expensive procedure at around $35,000.

Kin Kora Meats has donated sausages, so there will be a few sausage sizzle from 7.30am-8.30am.

The garage sale will be held from 7am-noon at 1 Douglas Avenue, Sun Valley.