Hoedown a country music drawcard

Photo: Lynda van Kempen.
Photo: Lynda van Kempen.
Country music  fans from all over  New Zealand  — more than 800 of them —  gathered in Cromwell at  the weekend for a hoedown which has lasted the distance.

Shelley Anderson-Cooper (pictured), of Alexandra, was one of about 100 artists who kept the crowd entertained from Friday through until yesterday  at the 30th Gold’N’Notes Hoedown.

Ferg Mitchell organised the first one and is still involved in organising the event today, along with fellow Cromwell residents  Mike and Lynette Hedges. He said support for the hoedown showed no sign of waning.

"If anything, it’s getting bigger and bigger. There’s a family atmosphere which attracts a very happy, contented group of people," he said. 

The hoedown’s original venue was the Hakataramea Hotel, then it moved to the Otematata Hotel for three years, and then to Omarama before outgrowing that venue, too.  It moved to  the Cromwell racecourse  in 2012 and more than 200 motor homes parked at the site for the hoedown. The showcase on Saturday night included  Australian entertainer Don Costa and 12-year-old Brianna Hedley, of Gore, who recently won the  the New Zealand Country Music Junior Entertainer of the Year title.

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