Family-friendly festival fun

TODAY was one of the best days at the Tamworth Country Music Festival I have had.
It began with the announcement of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame and Hands of Fame inductees at the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame. Brendon T.Moylan and Floreena Forbes were inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame and Amber Lawrence, The Davidson Brothers, Ginger Cox and Gary Ellis.img_2023
Amber Lawrence and Lynette Guest entertained the crowd as well as a duo dressed as nuns whose name I didn’t catch…img_2048
One thing I love about country music is the accessibility of the artists and another is sharing my love of country and the friendly artists with my friends. Today, I got to do both those things at Country Music Cocktails.img_2117
Thanks to Perrin Finlay-Brown, I was able to attend the function and thanks to not working full-time for the newspaper, I was able to relax and catch up with so many artists and friends. The drinks and finger food flowed all afternoon and time slipped away as I caught up with old friends and made new ones.img_2154
If you haven’t been before, I would definite Tuesday night, January 24, with Hayley Jensen hosting, and four artists in attendance and performing, which I would also recommend. Unfortunately, I can’t make it as I am helping to host a defence function to thank country performers who have supported the Australian Defence Force by performing for them or in other ways.
img_2135Tonight we hit Bicentennial Park where we saw Elsa from Frozen (she looked a LOT like Aleyce Simmonds) and the children had a run in the park and we took photos with the newest permanent addition to the park, the Picasso Guitar, which my brother helped to build.img_2199
The family atmosphere in the park was amazing and made me love this festival just that little bit more. It truly is a festival for all ages and there are events for the whole family, allowing everyone to fall in love with the event and return each year. I’ve not missed a year since 1991 when I was 10, so can attest to it being something that gets in your blood and doesn’t let you go. It’s not something I want a cure for, either 🙂

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