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Corral set to boost town’s spirits

Kyabram's first RV and Country Music Corral takes place at Kyabram Showgrounds this weekend.

November 7, 2012 4:41am

Carol Howell, Les Parkinson, Vin Sleeth, Aileen Veenstra, Callum Gleeson, Paula Parkinson and Gwen Campbell get in the mood for this weekend forst Kyabram RV and Country Music Corral.

Final preparations are being made for this weekend’s first Kyabram RV and Country Music Corral at Kyabram Showgrounds.

Organising committee member Carol Howell said the event will be low cost and something to lift the spirits of the town.

‘‘We hope the whole community comes along to support the corral and create a great atmosphere,’’ she said.

More than 100 recreational vehicles from all corners of Australia are now booked in to stay at the showgrounds for the weekend and more are expected to arrive before the festival gets started.

Buses will run from the showgrounds into Kyabram on Friday evening and Saturday morning to help corral visitors get to Kyabram’s eateries and shops.

Saturday morning will feature Buskers and Bargains in Allan St, organised by Kyabram Chamber of Commerce, and cowboy hats and balloons are being provided to shops to help promote the event.

Official events begin at 1.45pm on Saturday with an opening ceremony followed by a concert featuring many popular local artists from 2pm to 6pm.

Artists include Cheryl Lethlean, Melissa Murley, Callum Gleeson, Les James, Graham Butterworth, Vin Sleeth, True Country and Hilary Ogden and Steve Gray.

The concert will be compered by Aileen Veenstra who is standing in for Olive Bice due to illness.

Ms Bice is said to be very disappointed not to be taking part but is looking forward to being involved in the event next year.

The afternoon concert will be followed by a barbecue before the main Saturday evening gala concert, hosted by Andrew Embling, begins at 7.30pm.

The line-up for the gala concert consists of Rick Bartlett, Briana Lee, Owen Blundell and Rodney Vincent.

On Sunday morning a Bush Poets’ pancake breakfast will run from 8am to 10am with the poets performing expected to include Tammy Muir, Les James, Mick Coventry, Les Parkinson and Jim Jeffery.

The breakfast will be followed by gospel music to be hosted by Cheryl Lethlean and Graham Butterworth, with a minute’s silence to be observed at 11am.

A casual jam session with performers Country Horizon will complete the weekend’s entertainment on Sunday afternoon.

The Kyabram RV and Country Music Corral takes place this weekend November 10 and 11. Weekend passes cost $20 for adults and $5 for children under 16. Sunday only passes are $5 for adults with children under 17 admitted free.

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