While country roads may take some travellers home, country music will lead others to Leeton next week.
The annual Country Roundup has become an opportunity for music lovers to hang out, catch up and perform in a relaxed environment, according to local artist Sharon Benjamin.
The Redbak Studio Band bass player said another great line-up of top-tier country artists would contribute to what was always a “great social event” from next Wednesday, October 31.
“It’s fantastic to have such a great country music event in Leeton,” Sharon said. “It’s great for us to show off the town and show travellers around the area.”
Event organiser Mark Hillier said the relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere attracted locals and travellers alike to the Jockey Club for the four-day festival.
”We get people coming here from far and near,” Mr Hillier said. “We can have 100 to 200 caravans staying at the site, depending on who is around and who is travelling.”
In addition to the shows, tours and activities, he said one of the event’s main highlights was the community focus.
“We have always sponsored local charities in town … so the money stays local,” Mr Hillier said. “That’s why we started the Roundup.”
He said another great feature was the ability for aspiring artists to jump on stage for the open mic.
Mr Hillier said the opportunity to sing, play, dance or recite poetry in an easy-going setting for a gold coin donation was a big draw card for festival goers.