Roma's Easter in the Country was established in 1976 by Wattles Football Club of Roma. Mr Noel Miller, who was president of the Wattles Rugby League Club, presented the idea of a Country and Western Festival for raising funds to build a clubhouse for the association.
After a Sunday afternoon footy match, and a session at the Royal Hotel in Roma, Mr Miller stood on a stool and announced to the bar that the Festival would commence the following Easter in 1977.
The Festival took the form of Country & Western music and rodeo for many years, with the Wattles Club relinquished the management when the music component became too expensive.
Some years later the Cities Football Club took up the reins, and the management of the Festival moved to a community organisation.
Mr Miller has since established a reputation as a renowned Queensland artist.
The Easter in the Country is subject to Government Regulations with annual audits. All monies raised are utilised to run the Festival and ensure the viability of future events.
Roma’s Easter in the Country Festival is organised by the Easter in the Country Association Inc. and assisted by professionals in event management and marketing.
The working committee is made up of individuals from all walks of life who volunteer their time, experience and expertise to ensure the success of the Festival. Being outback locals they understand the importance of family and community and strive every year to stage a bigger and better experience for the region's visitors.
The primary objectives of the Easter in the Country Committee are to:
Provide attendees with a range of top quality entertainment options throughout the Festival
Increase domestic and international visitors to Roma (and the Maranoa Region)
Promote country hospitality throughout the Festival
Showcase country life and its natural beauty
Build community capacity through increased economic activity and stakeholder engagement in the Festival
Ensure financial viability, growth and sustainability of the Festival into the future.