Although we are not mad keen country music fans, a weekend music festival still seemed like fun. Especially as we could take the caravan too and join all the others – hundreds of vans as it turned out. We just about filled up a huge paddock with all our vans in rural Tauherenika. We are in amongst the crowd somewhere.
And we couldn’t say no to a fast food treat for lunch over the weekend. Hot dog for him, and a curly potatoe for her – delicious!
Our not so healthy lunch
There were three nights of country music entertainment. I was thrilled when Eddie Low sang two of my favourite songs with his lovely deep rich voice, “Ten Guitars” and “Save the Last Dance for Me”. That’s the sort of music I really enjoy, lovely ballads.
Kiwi singer Eddie Low
But the stars of the weekend were definitely the Topp Twins, with their funny skits, crazy outfits, jokes, playing the spoons, and yes, they can sing too, as well as yodel. These two are a New Zealand institution, and certainly well loved. The crowds gave them a warm welcome, clapped and hollered, and joined in with exhilaration.
The Topp Twins
Doing a silly dance
Most of the campers had the hassle of finding a good spot for their folding chairs on the grass in front of the stage each night. Not us - we were so pleased that we had paid a little extra over the weekend for our “allocated seats” in the grand stand. And we had a great view.
Our own personal seats in the grand stand
This country music festival was a first for us so we were not too sure what to expect. But it was a great weekend, full of fun and music, and meeting up with plenty of old caravanning friends and acquaintances.