Giddy-up for Elders Gladstone Country Music Festival
CRISP country music rang out from the QRI Hall on Tuesday night as musicians and singers gathered to rehearse once more before the annual Elders Gladstone Country Music Festival on Saturday to Sunday.
Festival organiser Rob Hopkins said they would start setting everything up on the Friday night before the Gladstone Entertainment Centre Marina Plaza came to life at the weekend.
A country artist in his own right, Mr Hopkins said he had also written his own music.
"I play guitar and sing and compete all over the state," he said.
The upcoming festival is set to be a huge extravaganza and Mr Hopkins said the biggest challenge was getting everyone together and doing a professional job.
Though Mr Hopkins and his wife have spent countless hours in preparation, the couple are still looking forward to the two-day event.
Cheryl Hopkins said they had been organising the festival for about five years.
She said she was looking forward to seeing all the contestants and parents again.
Country music singer and contestant Val Gebauer said she would be competing in six categories - five on her own and one in a duo.
"I like a range of music," she said.
"Music makes you happy and it's a good way of getting to know people."
Singer and contestant Jeannie Kleynhans will also be competing in six categories on the weekend.
She said she had been singing for about four years and playing guitar for about three years.
"It's great, it's a happy thing to do and you always have a good time," she said.