Gold’n Notes Hoedown marks 30 years
‘‘Each year it has got bigger and bigger with a record crowd of 800 attending in 2014.’’
Thirty years ago, Cromwell country music icon Ferg Mitchell started the hoedowns - a country music event that has grown to attract hundreds from around the country.
Cromwell’s Gold’n Notes Hoedown is on from Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 20, with a full weekend of entertainment planned. There will be performances by Australian entertainer Don Costa, New Zealand entertainer Brianna Hedley, 12, of Gore who recently won the New Zealand Country Music Junior Overall Entertainer of the Year, and Nancy Muller.
Co-organiser Lynette Hedges said the hoedown will start at 4pm Friday with two hours of blackboard artists, followed at 7pm with four to five hours of blackboard walk-ups. Saturday’s entertainment starts at 10am, and around 2pm there will be a mini showcase of invited guests, followed by the ‘‘big showcase’’ on Saturday night of top New Zealand talent. The action starts again at 10am Sunday morning.
‘‘It will be a full weekend of entertainment, including a little bit of busking in the business area and in the mall itself on Friday and Saturday morning...We also encourage people to get up on stage and perform in front of crowds. Our audiences vary from the young to the old. These people never see this type of entertainment in this area, due to travel and expense to attend in the cities. So it is a privilege to get to see top artists at their back door.’’
The event began in the Waitaki Valley’s closed down Hakataramea Hotel, then moved to the Otematata Hotel for three years, then Omarama for two years before ending up in Cromwell, where since 2012 it has remained.
Mitchell said each year it got ‘‘bigger and bigger’’ with a record crowd of 800 people attending in 2014.
‘‘Word of mouth has brought more and more motor homes to it, and last year a record 180 motor homers attended the event.’’
A larger marquee was required this year to accommodate the growing number of people.
Community support of the event was also strong, he said.
‘‘We have always had the local Lions and sporting groups catering...It is an opportunity for local groups to raise funds for their organisations.’’
Organisers and main sponsor Mike and Lynette Hedges, with organiser and founder Ferg Mitchell.
Founder - Ferg Mitchell