Boyup Brook festival receives praise from performers

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Lee Kernaghan's stage presence, enthusiasm and talent entertains the crowd at the 32nd Boyup Brook Country Music Festival on Saturday night. Kernaghan headlined a line up that included 2016 Star Maker winner Karin Page, Carter & Carter and Nannup-born Patrick McMahon.
Camera IconLee Kernaghan's stage presence, enthusiasm and talent entertains the crowd at the 32nd Boyup Brook Country Music Festival on Saturday night. Kernaghan headlined a line up that included 2016 Star Maker winner Karin Page, Carter & Carter and Nannup-born Patrick McMahon. Credit: Tari Jeffers / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Performers have praised the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival and congratulated the committee members on their preparation efforts.

Carol and Ric Evans, both of Donnybrook.
Camera IconCarol and Ric Evans, both of Donnybrook. Credit: Tari Jeffers

The festival committee overcame last minute changes to the layout when it decided to rearrange the location of the main stage as a result of lingering flooding from rainfall earlier in the week.

Patrick, 10, Sarah, 8, and Louise Quartermaine, 12, all of Wagin.
Camera IconPatrick, 10, Sarah, 8, and Louise Quartermaine, 12, all of Wagin. Credit: Tari Jeffers

Festival vice president and awards coordinator Carol Lander said the water level got within 2cm of the top of the permanent music park stage.

Cheryl Mitchell and Traudy Schmitt, both of Perth.
Camera IconCheryl Mitchell and Traudy Schmitt, both of Perth. Credit: Tari Jeffers

“People were working at 2am to beat the water and build a protective wall,” she said.

Carri and Chester the Times' Tigers.
Camera IconCarri and Chester the Times' Tigers. Credit: Tari Jeffers

Returning musician Justin Standley said the festival had topped last year’s event.

Eligh, 17, and Bruce Blechynden, both of Boyup Brook.
Camera IconEligh, 17, and Bruce Blechynden, both of Boyup Brook. Credit: Tari Jeffers

“When I heard about the water, my heart sank but when I got here and saw that stage set up I thought it was so impressive,” he said.

“The organisers really know what they’re doing.

“Then there’s been the response from the audience which was over the top, so I’ve just had a ball.”

Headliner Lee Kernaghan said he was struck by the unity in the community, including festival signage in all the shops.

“You can really tell there’s the real Australian community spirit and I’m getting it in huge doses here at the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival,” he said.

Merelyn Carter from music duo Carter & Carter said she had an amazing time at the “community-based event”.

“Not only is it community-based in terms of who organises it, but all the volunteers, the local support from the sponsors and the wider community,” she said.

“We come here and it’s so warm and so friendly and we know the money that comes into the town is going to back into the town.”

The regional economic impact and attendance figures are still being finalised following the four-day event.

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