MUSIC EVENT LANDS
Countdown to Cash event
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.