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Happy crowd at festival

Patrons enjoyed a great show at the country music festival over the weekend at Tauherenikau Racecourse. PHOTO/ JADE CVETKOV

The country music shindig at Tauherenikau Racecourse went off without a hitch and organisers are promising to do it again next year.

Tauherenikau Events Centre general manager Matthew Sherry said Saturday night was magical.

“The weather came right, it was just one of the nights that was great,” he said.

He said light drizzle in the morning may have deterred some from being in the walk-up crowd but the people in 150 motorhomes provided a very good base for the event.

The headline act on Saturday night was Bevan Gardiner and James Davy, a Dunedin-based duo.

Gardiner, who plays guitar, drums, and sings, is known for his success as a John Denver tribute artist and has toured New Zealand and Australia with sell-out shows.

“They were spectacular and the crowd really warmed up to them. No one left. They just stayed there, it was a fantastic night,” Sherry said.

He said the numbers attending were a little bit up on last year. It was difficult to put an exact number on it but there would have been about 2000 people there.

“We were very happy. I think it was one of better shows. It was a terrific show and the crowd loved it. I walked around everyone in the morning and they said it was good.”

The festival, Wairarapa-based since 2013, was held at Clareville Showgrounds until 2015, after which it moved to Tauherenikau.

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