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Winton Opal Festival’s 2022

QBOA hold an annual Opal Festival in Winton, usually the second week of July 8th and 9th. The Winton Opal Festival and Trade Show is the first on the circuit of Australia’s eastern states trade shows, held in opal producing areas.

The Winton Opal Festival is held along Elderslie Street, between Werna and Oondooroo Streets. The main street is closed to traffic on Saturday the 9th during the daytime, and you will find traders selling rough and cut stones, as well as jewellery pieces, and allied souvenir items. You may also find some surprises!

2022 will have many more Opal surprises in store with the QBOA planning more events throughout the year including our weekly raffles in Winton and Monthly meetings in Opalton

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Jewellery & Awards

The Queen of Gems Design awards held its inaugural ceremony in 2006, as an initiative of Winton local business owner, Mary Pearce. The first event included a Fashion category of evening wear, and an open Jewellery category, with entrants from across Australia showcasing both the Queensland Boulder Opal in all its splendour, and the creativity of their design and manufacture. Since then, the annual competition has increased to receive entries from Australia-wide and internationally.

The Queen of Gems International Jewellery Design Awards. 2022 Entries are now open!

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