Ninth Annual Kyabram Country Music Festival November 5-6


The Kyabram Showgrounds event has been canceled for the past two years, but all is well for the motivated country music aficionado and his committee for the five-day event Nov. 2-6.

Motorhome and motorhome owners are due to start arriving on Melbourne Cup Tuesday (November 1), with Mr Weeks and his team already planning a start date for their preparations for October 27.

“We need an extra week to prepare the show ground,” he said.

“People usually start arriving a day early.”

Mr. Weeks and his team will set up electrical boxes, paint the campsite boundaries on the ground and erect security fencing.

The group has $3,000 in support from Campaspe County and, with funds generated from previous events, expects to be close to the record breaking event of 2019.

“In 2019 we had 220 motorhomes and caravans at the event, which was record attendance,” Mr Weeks said.

“As of this week, we already have 106 reservations and only 40 of our 110 motorized sites remain.

“Most people are very organized when it comes to their trips and as we start advertising in February they usually book early.

“We will, however, have an element that decides to come late or just travels to the district and decides to attend.

“I expect people to start arriving on November 1.”

Mr Weeks said Western Gums Caravan Park in Kyabram had already been fully booked for the weekend, with another group of caravans spending the weekend at Kyabram.

The festival began in 2012 and will be opened this year by Chaplain Royce Thompson, a former Australian Army chaplain and now chaplain to the Australian Camper Van and Motor Home Association.

He will open the event at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 5 and then hold a short service on Sunday.

He has never been to the event before and since he does not own an RV or RV he is staying with Allan Weeks for the event.

The music festival comes with a prize of $20,000 for equipment rental, and with the artists on top of that, good financial management is imperative.

“We only lost money once,” Mr. Weeks said.

A pair of free four-hour concerts will take place from 2 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday (November 2-3) where free performances will be staged by “walk-ups”.

“Some students from Kyabram P-12 College will be part of this concert, but the guests are usually people who attend the festival as weekend spectators,” said Weeks.

The festival will kick off again with a Friday afternoon bush market in Allan Street and a bus will run every half hour from the fairgrounds to the CBD.

Five-time Australian Country Music Awards finalist Owen Blundell in the Male Vocalist category tops a shortlist of 13 artists.

They include Australian Country Music Hall of Famer Don Costa, Artist of the Year finalist Sandia Dodd and Brisbane teenage sensation Kiara Rodrigues.


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