CASHED UP AND WE ARE BUYING
Returning festival a hit with hundreds flocking to event
ORGANISERS of the second Cash festival knew they needed to step it up on Saturday - and that they did.
Due to popular demand, the follow up to the inaugural Johnny Cash Country Festival returned to fanfare and drew hundreds of people to town.
“It really is terrific for Stanthorpe and we can’t wait to bring it back in 2019,” organiser Brian Wilmott said.
YEAR two is done and dusted and the organisers of the Johnny Cash Country Festival are counting the days until the third outing.
Crowds were up on last year’s event and entertainment was “bigger and better” as promised.
The weekend started with Friday night’s cinema showings before leading into Saturday morning’s performances in the piazza.
The main event at the Stanthorpe Exhibition Centre kicked into gear from 3pm and festival organiser Brian Wilmott said he thought crowds were marginally up on last year.
“It was a big success. We had well over 600 people so we’re quite happy with that,” Mr Wilmott said.
The weekend has become a big drawcard for Stanthorpe and Mr Wilmott said it was doing wonders for tourism.
“Interestingly, quite a lot of the crowd were out-oftowners. We probably had fewer locals this time though. It’s good because the out-of-towners, everyone loved it, all the acts went over quite well.
“The people I talked to, everyone enjoyed it very much and now they’ll go back to where they came from and talk to others about it,” he said.
Headliner Dale Hooper was joined by the Legends of the Opre, The Sugarshakers and Heartworn Highway for a stacked bill of Cash classics, original material and a little Willie Nelson thrown in the mix.
“Again, the highlight was Dale Hooper. They were all good, well balanced performances,” Mr Wilmott said.
After last year’s inaugural event, Brian and his team of organisers worked behind the scenes to refine and improve for this year.
“We learned a lot from last year. We’re still going and learning. It will take three or four to really nail everything down,” he said.
“What I think is the good thing is this year reaffirmed our desire to do it as an annual thing.”
He has big plans for 2019, with hopes to lure one of Johnny Cash’s sons over to perform.
“We’ll certainly be in touch with John Carter Cash again. We do have the support of the Cash family and I think that’s important.”
He’s set out to make Cash what Elvis Presley is to the NSW town of Parkes and Mr Wilmott said he thinks they’re on their way.
“It really is terrific for Stanthorpe and we can’t wait to bring it back in 2019.”
STAR OF THE SHOW: Dale Hooper took to the main stage on Saturday night for his ode to the Man In Black.