The Horsham Country Music Committee is preparing for a huge year with the 12th and final Horsham Country Music Festival, March 21 to 24, and seven Dinners and Shows and Morning Melodies at the Horsham RSL.
Festival co-ordinator Lyall Wheaton said that this year’s arrangements were progressing well with interest in the 2019 event really high despite many-long term patrons disappointed this would be the final festival.
Mr Wheaton said that age and health had caught up with members of the committee and attempts to recruit new members had been unsuccessful.
The Horsham country music year starts on February 7 and 8 with a Dinner and Show and Morning Melodies at the Horsham RSL.
The artists are Bendigo-based Cameron Mason and Venessa Warra from Hynes Reserve.
Mr Wheaton said that Mason and Warra had both performed for Horsham Country Music, either at the festival or RSL, on numerous occasions, and that they were both well known and popular artists.
Tickets are now available from the RSL.
Patrons at the Horsham Country Music Festival will see the best artists in the festival’s 12-year history including Laura Downing and Kiara Rodrigues from Queensland, Dwayne Elix, Peter Coad and the Coad Sisters, Brian Letton and Johanna Hemara from New South Wales and Don Costa, Justin Standley, Sandie Dodd, Trevor Keilar, Col Perkins and Lachie and Georgia from Victoria.
Mr Wheaton said that the popular Local Artist Segment held in Roberts Place every year had been re-located to the Soundshell to save patrons walking long distances to access Roberts Place.
Artists this year include Ron Pannan from Natimuk, Christine Johnson from Stawell, Venessa Warra from Hynes Reserve, Robyn Norton from Serviceton, John Butcher from Warracknabeal, Sandra Loats from Rupanyup, Leo Telefson from Donald and Horsham’s 2 Ps, Voices of the Wimmera and Lawrance Country.
The 2019 festival kicks off on Thursday March 21 with Walk Ups at the Riverside Caravan Park at 3.30pm followed at 6.30pm by Wilson Bolton’s Bush Ballads at the Soundshell.
Friday’s entertainment is Local Artists from 10am to 3.30pm followed at 6.30pm at the Soundshell by the K and J Baker Tribute night.
Saturday morning is the Horsham Plaza Busking Competition starting at 9.30am followed by the highlight of the Festival, the ACE Radio Country Music Spectacular, nine hours of non-stop country music from 1pm to 10pm.
Sunday is the final day and begins at 8.45am with Walk Ups at the Lakeside Caravan Park followed at 11am by the Golden Grain Gospel Music Marathon and Festival Finale at the Soundshell.