After a successful first year in Cromwell, organisers of an
annual hoedown are already well on the way to organising the
Event founder Ferg Mitchell reckons after staging 26 of the
country music festivals, he knows how to organise a good
More than 80 artists with ages spanning more than six decades
entertained a crowd of more than 1000 people, some from as
far away as Melbourne and the Caribbean, at the event held
over three days last weekend at Cromwell Racecourse.
Mr Mitchell said, though it rained on the Saturday night
during the showcase event, that did not dampen anyone's
"It was a tremendous night with a tremendous line-up of
artists from throughout New Zealand ... the atmosphere was
Mr Mitchell said, over the past 26 years the country music
festival had become so popular that it had outgrown previous
event locations at Hakataramea, Otematata and Omarama.
Though there was "plenty of space" in Cromwell, he said he
thought it would continue to "grow and grow".