STRINGS Fes­ti­val

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Some of Australia’s most tal­ented mu­si­cians will de­scend on Ba­rooga next month for the in­au­gu­ral STRINGS Fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val has been sev­eral months in the plan­ning and will be held from Fri­day, June 22 to Sun­day, June 24.

STRINGS Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee chair­man Mick O’dwyer says the event is a real com­mu­nity ef­fort.

‘‘This fes­ti­val is a joint ini­tia­tive of the Ber­ri­gan Shire, Ba­rooga Sports Club and the Ba­rooga com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

‘‘There has been lots of hard work go­ing on dur­ing the plan­ning stages of the fes­ti­val, and we see the event as be­ing a great boost to tourism and the lo­cal econ­omy.’’

The STRINGS Fes­ti­val is the brain­child of Ba­rooga Sports Club as­sis­tant chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Greg Fer­gu­son, him­self a pas­sion­ate mu­si­cian.

The STRINGS Fes­ti­val kicks off at the Ba­rooga Sports Club on Fri­day, June 22 with per­for­mances by Dean & Car­ruthers, Ben Walker and Ge­off Achi­son and The Souldig­gers.

‘‘We’ve also got a Fri­day Forum planned, where pun­ters will be en­thralled by fu­ture na­tional star John-luke Shelly,’’ Mr O’dwyer said.

The en­ter­tain­ment con­tin­ues on Satur­day with a food, wine and craft mar­ket at Lion’s Park, Ba­rooga.

The mar­ket will fea­ture a great range of stalls, as well as mu­sic from lo­cal and vis­it­ing buskers.

Mr O’dwyer said he is par­tic­u­larly ex­cited about the Satur­day trade show, where ex­hibitors in­clud­ing Jack Spira, Daniel Hoban, Mu­sic Man and Terry Dean Gui­tars will have stalls.

‘‘We’re also hold­ing clin­ics and de­mos, and you can even come along and get your gui­tar val­ued,’’ he said.

The STRINGS Golf Tour­na­ment is an­other as­pect of the fes­ti­val, run­ning on Satur­day at the Co­bram-ba­rooga Golf Club.

The mu­sic con­tin­ues on Satur­day af­ter­noon, with a spe­cial close up set from Ben­der at the Ba­rooga Ho­tel.

With free en­try and a fash­ion show from Co­bram-born wool­li­woolli de­signer Jo Nathan, the af­ter­noon per­for­mance is de­signed to cater for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing fam­i­lies with chil­dren.

‘‘Satur­day night at the Ba- rooga Sports Club is go­ing to be a big event,’’ Mr O’dwyer said.

‘‘Our live en­ter­tain­ment list in­cludes Ben­der, Wayne Mon­ger and Kevin Borich Ex­press.

‘‘We’ve also se­cured the tal­ents of Phil Em­manuel, un­doubt­edly one of the best gui­tarists in Australia to­day.’’

Af­ter a huge week­end of mu­sic, food, golf, art and more, fes­ti­val go­ers are in­vited to the STRINGS Big Break­fast on Sun­day, June 24 at the Co­bram Ba­rooga Golf Club.

Fes­ti­val and draw tick­ets are on sale now at the Ba­rooga Sports Club or at Mu­sic Man Mega­s­tore in Shep­par­ton. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Ba­rooga Sports Club on 5873 4448.

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