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The festival this year will be in its 30th consecutive  year!

The Hughenden Country Music Inc as they are called consists of many fine people that have kept this festival alive for the last thirty years!

To think when they first started out they where called the Hughenden Hoedown Country Music Club at the now incinerated Grand Hotel, then moved to Johnny Goughs house and set up a trailer stage for performances there!  About 1992 they moved again to a galvanised shed at the Hughenden Showgrounds is just extraordinary

Now with the council building The Diggers Entertainment Venue, we can all sit in airconditioned comfort and enjoy the three great days of entertainment in comfort.

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Lesley Thomson is our Fabulous Master of Ceremonies for the festival… but not only that you will see Lesley running around the stage setting up microphones and helping artists get ready for performances…she also gets up on the Friday Night for her own little performance…

Lesley runs her own business Amenas Sea Minerals and donates to the festival every year…Well done Lesley!

Karen Thomsen is a performer/entertainer educator and Onstage mentor.  Karen entertains and performs at the opening of the festival, also provides her time and skills to the Friday Workshops.

Karen is also a magnificent part of the judging panel, she lends her ‘on stage knowledge’ to help performers become all they can be!

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Greg and Sandy Harvey are sound guys extraordinaire…AKA The Two Halves!

They don’t miss a beat for the whole festival and check this out for the Finals as the winners come up to collect their prizes and trophy’s they have snippets of the finalists performances playing in the background!  A wonderful and personable touch for the finalist!

Mr Steve our lighting guy also works very hard at his computerized lighting console to give the stage a sense of PIZZAZ! 

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Cecily Paul was there from the Beginnings of the Hughenden Hoedown Country Music Club!

You may know Cecily from calling on you for funds to help the festival run for another year!

Cecily has had many achievements including an Outstanding Achievement Award in Sport for her horses, Community Achievement Awards and an Australian Sports Medal!  Cecily also teaches dancing, plays the piano accordion and still does Gigs!

But Cecily is very shy about all this! As you can see Cecily and Peter Riordan are focusing their special talents on helping the kids learn music…Every Saturday at Peters Shop in town ‘Monique’s Fashion Boutique’.

Peter Riordan is the Treasurer for the festival but apart from that Peter provides all the beautiful trophy’s for the Finalists to take home and teaches piano and guitar..infact he’s been doing that for the people in Hughenden for over 15 years

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Winner of the ‘Hughenden Muttas’ painting

Darryl Lucas was the winning bid from the auction held by auctioneer Gary Fogarty.  It was a thrilling win and Darryl Lucas was very pleased to then return the painting to Hughenden Country Music Association to raise funds for this years festival.

Darryl Lucas has been a veteran of the HCMF bringing his son Tyson every year to compete since he was very young . Now Tyson plays and sings in venues around Townsville.

Darryl wanted to give something back so turned up to the 2021 Festival and bid for the painting.  Well done Darryl!

The painting “Hughenden Muttas” was painted by Shahn Murphy.