Kyabram Free Press

Country Music Festival cancelled

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Kyabram’s Country Music Festival has suffered the same fate as most Campaspe Shire events this year and will be cancelled in 2021.

Kyabram Country Music Festival president Allan Weeks said the event had been planned for November 5 to 7, but would not run again until 2022.

Among the most popular events on the Kyabram calendar, the festival was due to start on Monday, November 1, with the major component of the program from Friday until Sunday.

“It really runs for a week, we have people coming in from the Monday,” Mr Weeks said.

“There are free concerts on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, with the Friday also being a market in the centre of town.”

He said performers from Brisbane, Tamworth and Sydney, along with Victoria, had committed to the event.

“The border restrictio­ns made it impossible. It costs a lot to run, about $13,000 in hiring marquees, toilets and other facilities, so we needed to make an early call,” he said.

A committee of eight people puts the event together, attracting more than 500 people to the Kyabram Showground­s.

“The event brings a lot of money into the businesses of the town. This year would have been our 10th anniversar­y.

“We had to cancel last year because of COVID.

“At the last event, in 2019, we had 220 motorhomes and more than 120 people from the community attend the event.

“We do a shopper docket competitio­n, which shows us about how much money is spent in the town. We estimated it was about $62,000 in 2019,” he said.

Mr Weeks said the group would now put all its energies into the 2022 event.

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