Country Music Festival is growing more popular year on year
and last weekend's rain did nothing to dampen the spirits
of visitors to the 7th brilliant, three day event. Each
year the many hundreds of people attending the festival
dress up in traditional cowboy and 'Injun' gear and dance
away to the music of some great country bands and artistes
organized by Colin and Anne Gray, Clive and Bonnie Beard
and team. It was good to see the event supported yet again
by Marie who kept people's hunger at bay with some of the
great food from her burger van.
we arrived at the festival on Saturday, rain had stopped
play for a time whilst the stage was moved from the trailer
into the marquee. The fun resumed at 7:30 and although it
was still raining on our second visit, there were a good
few hundred people sitting down and enjoying the sound of
festival favourite, Dave Sheriff. We were given a very warm
welcome by a group of people sitting under umbrellas, outside
and there were even a few dedicated dancers dancing in the
Sunday, the sun shone and the stage was back on the trailer.
In no time at all the dance area in front of the stage was
packed with line dancers. Ross Town Mayor, Councillor John
Edwards opened the event accompanied by Carnival Princess
2009, Phoebe Sleeman. A representative from St. Michael's
Hospice then gave a short speech of thanks as it is for
this very important local charity that Ross Country Music
Festival raises funds.
there are often moans and groans about the festival noise,
we would just like to say this. The many people who attend
this great annual event all do their bit to boost the local
economy by spending lots of money in Ross-on-Wye, using
the shops, pubs and restaurants and given the current economic
climate, isn't it worth a little inconvenience? Well done
to Colin and everybody involved in this fantastic event.
You do Ross proud.