You are not permitted to download, save or email this image. Visit image gallery to purchase the image.
More than 1000 country music enthusiasts were expected during the three-day festival.
Proceedings began with "blackboard artists" where anyone who could hold a tune was able to perform.
The "country showcase" which will feature some of New Zealand’s top performers is expected to be one of the major entertainment drawcards tonight.
Having a ball at the Gold ’n’ Notes Hoedown in Cromwell yesterday are (from left) Brian Blackmore, Paul Ness and Bob Smith.