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Hokonui Country Music Festival
Hokonui Country Music Festival
at a glance ...
When: Saturday, March 16, 1pm – 6pm
What: The ‘Hokonui Country Music Festival’ run by the Lower
Mataura Valley Country Music Club, the Gore Country Music
Club and the Clutha Country Music Club.
Where: Longford Tavern and Function Centre, 11 Oxford St, GORE
When: Sunday, March 17, 10.30am – 6pm
Where: Town and Country Stadium, 2 Bury Street, GORE
Cost: Adult: $15 (Saturday), Adult: $20 (Sunday)
Adult: $30 for a weekend pass
Under 15 years: Free
Twenty years of music and entertainment
When members of the Lower Mataura Valley Country Music Club proposed the idea of bringing together
members of the three clubs in the area with the aim of presenting an annual festival back in the ‘90’s, little did
they realise that this event would be so successful that some 20 years later the event would be celebrating a
successful 20 years of the Hokonui Country Music Festival, albeit with changes along the way.
By TRISH MACKENZIE
rom that first meeting held back in
1992, at which four members of each
of the three clubs – Lower Mataura
Valley, Gore Country Music and the Clutha
Country Music Club – were elected to form
the inaugural committee, the idea of the
Music Festival was promoted with the
specific aim of organising a festival for the
younger members of the club.
Some 12 months after the idea was first
mooted, the first ever ‘Hokonui Country
Music Festival’ was held with Dolamore
Park chosen as the location.
Over time, the event has undergone many
changes and improvements but it has
endured as an event because it has
consistently provided great entertainment
for Country Music enthusiasts, and this
year’s festival looks to be no exception.
Initially it was a one day event, but as the
festival grew in popularity, the decision
was made to add Saturday into the mix.
This day was instigated as a ‘blackboard
day’ which meant any performer from the
three clubs involved who turned up
wanting to sing, was able to do so.
A guest artist was also always asked to
perform on this day.
And until fire destroyed their facility, this
part of the festival was held at the Gore
Country Music Clubrooms.
Many hours of music have been played
and many performers and members from
the three clubs have had the opportunity
to share their talents and enthusiasm for
Country Music on stage over the twenty
years since the Hokonui Country Music
Now with the countdown underway for
the celebration of these twenty years of
the festival, it is an exciting opportunity to
reflect not only on this milestone but to
bring together another weekend of music
along with celebrations for all to enjoy.
With this in mind, a two day extravaganza
of local and national talent will take to the
stage at two venues over the weekend of
the 16 and 17 March 2013, presenting a
wonderful line up of country singers, some
from close to home and the local area,
with others from further afield.
Entertainers from the three clubs have
also been invited to perform, so this year,
rather than having the traditional
blackboard day, performers who have
been part of previous festivals have been
asked to perform.
The Saturday programme is being staged
at Jessie’s Function Centre at the Longford
Tavern, Hamilton Street, Gore from 1pm
and will be followed on the Sunday by an
event being held at the Gore Town and
Festival advertising and public relations
officer Jeni Simpson said to celebrate the
milestone, some popular acts had been
secured, including Australian performer
Wayne Horsburgh, New Zealand
performers Craig Adams and Barross
Country featuring husband-and-wife duo
Barbara and Ross Lloyd.
‘‘An an event such as this is only possible
thanks to the hard work and commitment
of a 12 member committee made of
members from all three Country Music
‘‘They meet frequently and have made a
big commitment to this event,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a lot of work, but it is great to have
the clubs all working together for this one
"The quality of entertainment in this area
is stunning," she said. ‘‘We are looking
forward to the celebrations and
welcoming past and present day members
to the two days of country music.’
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