Consuming “fast food is always a treat at these sort of events, and we joined the crowds for our lunch of choice. It was a hot dog for him and a curly potatoe for her – very tasty.
Lunch time take-aways
There were caravans and campers as far as the eye could see, about 400 we were told. All here to enjoy a weekend of country music.
Parked in a large paddock in Tuaherenikau
The Saturday evening programme featured artists we had seen the previously night, such as the very talented Glen Moffatt. Now based in Australia, Glen was born and bred in the Hawkes Bay. We particularly enjoyed his original song about memories growing up, going to school in shorts, dirty knees, sporting a crew cut, and carrying his Superman lunch box – and he had just learnt to tie his shoes, he was cooler than Fonzy!
Glen Moffat performing on stage
The stars of the evening were the Topp Twins and they got a rapturous welcome from the crowd. A pair of New Zealand icons, these two have been performing since the late 70s. They trotted out all the characters they had made famous, first appearing on stage in those ghastly gingham gathered skirts with the stretchy elastic waistband.
The Topp Twins looking rather angelic
Linda playing the spoons, and Jools on the guitar
Then we had the skit with Linda twirling the pois. Ooops – she forgot to pack them. No problem, she did it with pretend ones. Ethan was called into service again to help Linda off the stage, and we all hoped that her sparkly pink top stayed in place when he manhandled her off the stage. Talk about laugh – these girls are hilarious!
Linda with the invisible pois, and once again on Ethan’s back
Helpful Ethan was called up on stage and helped lead the “audience participation” part of the show. Everyone stood up and joined in the fun, the campers on the grass in front of the stage, and people like us in the grand stand, as we sang along and did all the hand actions. It was good to look down over the crowd and see everyone join in. What a great night it was – everyone had a ball.
Everyone joining in and having fun
Looking quite different with another costume change and a few more songs
Sunday was much more relaxed, with quite a few vans heading off on their travels. We sat in the grand stand and watched the line dancers for a while, and then some more “walk up” singers took the stage. After our evening meal everyone was invited to the pavilion for an impromptu sing-along. One of the stars of the evening was this young man who sang with real passion.
Sunday evening sing-along in the pavilion
The evening ended with another glorious sunset – this pic taken by Robin
Our three vans moved on after morning tea on Monday – where has everyone disappeared to?
Practically alone on Monday morning
Where to next? We are not ready to go home just yet so we are heading to Masterton.