After driving 4,592.kms from home, we finally arrived at Tamworth to camp for 10.days and take in the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Temperatures were 39.degrees and above for almost every day we were there, draining us from energy, but we soldiered on to do what we could in the time.
How does one describe this Festival?
To the newcomer, it is overwhelming to decide what to do first. For people who have never been, one cannot imagine how many people are performing in hotels, clubs, all entertainment arenas indoors and outdoors – buy tickets/free concerts. Busking in the main street which is closed from traffic for the event with stalls in the middle. Power lifting competitions, whip cracking, and other events happened in and around the main street too. A horse ridden in the centre of a busy mall in the main street. The Festival stretched to nearby Nundle with performances there too. For the Festival, special buses were running to, or close to, all the venues and in town. It was a great service.
Then there were all the statues and tributes around Tamworth to artists, the Big Guitar, Hall of Fame, the Tourist Bureau display of autographed guitars, the Art Gallery with a display of the 2018 Archibald Prize entrants. National Championships Rodeo. All things Country!
Mike had a promotional beer and gave the entry ticket to our friend, whose name was drawn for a double ticket to “Have a Beer with the Badger” – Nick Cumins. Lee went with her and during the evening, watched a Guinness World Book title holder (in 3 divisions) for whip cracking, perform. Amazing.
We spent the time listening/watching numerous well known country singers, “tribute” singers performing Elvis, Dusty Springfield, Roy Orbison, Glen Campbell and more, yodelling, comedians, – the list was long.
On Australia Day, the grand Cavalcade of about 100 vehicles/floats paraded down the main street, Lee Kernaghan leading the way, wearing his signature black Akubra hat. Lots to watch.
We managed to get tickets to the Golden Guitar Award Night which capped off our ten terrific days at Tamworth.
We think we will have to go back again now we know what it is all about!