Country music festival a drawcard for Cobram-Barooga

By James Bennett

Barooga Sports Club recently added a bit of extra country-and-western flair when it played host to its fifth annual country music festival.

The four-day festival attracted more than 300 visitors to town and is being described as a healthy boost for the area, with well over 90 per cent of the attendees coming from out of town.

This year’s headliner, Destiny Oz, has a number of hits and awards to its credit including International Band of the Year at the 2019 International Singer Song-Writer Awards in Atlanta in the United States; the Gold Medallion Media Awards Band or Duo of the year at Tamworth in 2019; and the National Country Band of the Year in Tasmania in 2018 and 2019.

“Our festival follows on after Tamworth and we find a number of visitors who are country music enthusiasts are making their way back home from there and make this a pit stop along the way,” event co-ordinator Lesley Sparkes said.

Ms Sparkes even admitted to joining in a few line dances during the weekend.

“It's great to see a full auditorium of people enjoying themselves,” she said.

Sporties chief executive office Bobby Brooks said not only did the event get the venue jumping but also filled the motels, caravan parks and cafes during a normally quiet period otherwise.

Festival attendees Margot and Frank Mulcahy travel with friends from Ballarat and haven’t missed a festival in five years.

“We love coming. The venue, entertainment and area are all first class,” Mr Mulcahy said.