Festival to put on community concert

By Daniel Hughes

The second annual free community concert will be hosted by the Strawberry Fields Festival in Tocumwal this weekend.

Away from the three day festival held off Lower Tocumwal Rd, the concert will be held on the Tocumwal Foreshore from 5pm to 9pm this Saturday.

The concept was developed last year as a ‘thank you’ to the region and to encourage locals to get involved in the event.

Festival director Tara Benney said it returns ‘‘by popular demand’’ after the success of that inaugural concert last year.

‘‘We want residents to be able to enjoy some of the family friendly music from the festival without having to buy a ticket,’’ she said.

‘‘The foreshore is a beautiful setting that characterises everything we love about the Southern Riverina.

‘‘We had good feedback about the concert last year, so we wanted to hold another.’’

Tocumwal Chamber of Commerce president Sergio Redegalli said the concert is also a great way for the community to support an event that significantly benefits the town.

“After last year's success, the festival is putting a lot of money into setting up the community concert which speaks volumes to their commitment for our region,” he said.

“It's the perfect opportunity for everyone in the community to enjoy the music that people usually have to pay to see.

“The concert is specifically tailored for all ages of the family to come and enjoy.

“It also gives our locals shops the chance for extra business, when people to pick up some food and drinks before and after the show.

“The more people who attend the concert, the more it benefits our local businesses so I encourage everyone to attend.”

Artists performing for the community this year are Danika Smith Choir, Chibcha, Messy Mammals and Hello Tut Tut.

The Strawberry Field Festival begins this Friday, and will again attract a sell-out crowd.