Coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val suc­cess

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Hor­sham Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee mem­bers are al­ready work­ing on a mu­si­cal line-up for 2019 af­ter the event strongly con­sol­i­dated its po­si­tion on the Wim­mera cal­en­dar.

Event co-or­di­na­tor Lyall Wheaton said crowd num­bers were con­sis­tent across the four days of en­ter­tain­ment with the largest gath­er­ing of peo­ple, more than 850, at a Satur­day ACE Ra­dio Spec­tac­u­lar at Hor­sham Sound­shell in Sawyer Park.

“Our num­bers were up by about 50 on the Thurs­day and Friday, about the same on the Satur­day and down by about 50 on the Sun­day when there was a se­ri­ous threat of in­clement weather,” he said.

“It went re­ally well and the artist line-up and per­for­mances were just ter­rific.

“We have had no ad­verse com­ments about any­thing.

“We had a very large con­tin­gent from South Aus­tralia, with two full car­a­van parks in town and 85 sites oc­cu­pied at Hor­sham Show­ground.

“We’re al­ready plan­ning for next year and will be se­lect­ing artists in the next few weeks.” Mr Wheaton said a ma­jor high­light of the fes­ti­val was the do­na­tion of $16,000 to Wim­mera Health Care Group as part of a Wim­mera Can­cer Cen­tre equip­ment fund ap­peal.

“It brought the to­tal money given to com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions by the fes­ti­val to just un­der $40,000 in the 11 years it’s been op­er­at­ing,” he said.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Lynda Arthur pre­sented a cheque to health group chief ex­ec­u­tive Cather­ine Mor­ley dur­ing Satur­day night per­for­mances.

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