Count­down to Cash event

Stanthorpe Border Post - - FRONT PAGE - Matthew Pur­cell Matthew.Pur­cell@bor­der­

MONTHS of prepa­ra­tion and plenty of sleep­less nights has got or­gan­is­ers of this week­end’s Johnny Cash Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val to where it is now.

Lit­tle more can be done other than to wait with bated breath to see how the in­au­gu­ral event un­folds.

Up to 500 are ex­pected to stroll into the Stan­thorpe Show­grounds on Satur­day af­ter­noon, with pre­ced­ing events in the main street pi­azza get­ting the week­end of Cash un­der way.

Fri­day night’s screen­ing of Walk the Line, fol­lowed by the Satur­day morn­ing’s Man in Black com­pe­ti­tion all lead up to the main event.

The Show­grounds will open from 3pm with a wel­come and mu­sic from 3.30pm.

Lo­cal out­fit Whisky Gully will hit the stage at 4.45pm, fol­lowed by Lit­tle Bil­lie, The Out­laws of Coun­try and the 90-minute main act from Dale Hooper and the Ten­nessee Drifters.

“The main area will be filled with 600 chairs... and we hope for 600 peo­ple,” event or­gan­iser Brian Wil­mott said.

“That’d be great for the first year.”

He said the whole bill was keen to get on stage for Stan­thorpe au­di­ences.

“Par­tic­u­larly the lead act, Dale Hooper, he’s very, very ex­cited to do it and he’s spo­ken to the Cash fam­ily in the States and they’re very happy with it.

“The three sup­port acts are re­ally top class too. They’re all ex­cited about the idea and the idea of it be­ing es­tab­lished and com­ing on as an an­nual event.

“Of course, when you do these things you've got some slight worry about whether ‘is it go­ing to hap­pen?’. Lets’ say I haven’t been sleep­ing well.

“It’s been a chal­lenge but it’s been a very ex­cit­ing chal­lenge,” Mr Wil­mott said.

There will be more than just mu­sic on of­fer with mem­o­ra­bilia, vin­tage mar­ket stalls, trash and trea­sure, bar and a gen­uine deep south smor­gas­bord com­plete with smoked and bar­be­cued meats.

The event has even gar­nered bless­ings from the Cash fam­ily in Amer­ica.

“To the Johnny Cash Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and all the peo­ple that have or­gan­ised and made this pos­si­ble... I, Joanne Cash, the youngest sis­ter of Johnny Cash, want to thank you with all my heart for all the work you've done to or­gan­ise this fes­ti­val.

“May God richly bless you and all that you do in con­tin­u­ing the mu­sic and the mem­ory of my brother Johnny Cash,” Ms Cash said.

■ Tick­ets can still be bought at the door for $35.


IT'S HERE: Johnny Cash Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers Andy, Brian and Sarah Wil­mott are rar­ing to go on Satur­day.

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