The Committee would like to announce that our themed character or the OZ MEGA QUEANBEYAN event at Easter in 2016 will be the Yowie
The Yowie will feature on much of the merchandise on the Geostuff.com.au website in the future .Our themed colour for the whole event will be blue.
The bush on the outskirts of Queanbeyan has long been a supposed haunt of the Yowie. In 1912, The Queanbeyan Age reported that war hero and politician Colonel Ryrie heard stories of the creature since he was a child, and sightings were given weight by civic leader and businessman John Gale in his 1927 book, Canberra: History of and Legends Relating to the Federal Capital Territory of the Commonwealth of Australia. Interest in the elusive beast peaked in the mid-1970s, when the Queanbeyan Festival Board offered a $200,000 reward for the capture of a Yowie after a man claimed he was confronted by a ''six foot tall, dark grey, hairy creature with its head merging into its shoulders'' near Googong Dam. The reward has yet to be claimed.