CHARITY Rural Aid is gearing up to host an evening of free live music, entertainment and twilight markets in Scone.
The Twilight Family Fun Night, this Saturday April 27 at Elizabeth Park, is a first for the charity and it’s all to aid the rural community.
Rural Aid event coordinator Victoria Edwards said they know the Upper Hunter has really struggled through the drought and this is their way of giving back.
“We’ve had quite a few hay deliveries down there and we’re doing a bike ride later on in the year in September,” she said.
“But we knew that September was a while away so we wanted to do something for the community.
“We decided to put on a family fun night where we have small businesses involved through market stalls. That way they would have another avenue to be able to create some income for themselves.”
One of the main aspects of the evening will be the free live music featuring rising Australian country star Casey Barnes as the headline act.
Casey will be supported by up-and-coming artist Josiah Bekker, the Rebecca Johnson Trio, and Brooke Supple.
AUSSIE ARTIST: Brooke Supple has been a vocalist and guitarist for international acts such as Sinead OConnor and The Corrs. Photo: Supplied
“Having Casey perform for us is definitely something that’s close to his heart, being a country artist you perform at a lot of country areas, so you meet a lot of people that are doing it tough,” Ms Edwards said.
“When I spoke to him about coming on board he was really excited to be a part of that.
“He’s actually just got back from Texas touring around with the PBR, so he’s made it back in time for our show which is great.”
The night will also include jumping castles, activities for the kids, lots of giveaways and lucky dips – all at no charge.
“The main goal of the event is to give farmers and the local community the opportunity to come out and have lots of fun with their families,” Ms Edwards added.
With more than 13 market stalls signed up there will be plenty of options on offer.
“It’s great for the local area,” she said. “We’re excited about it. It’s going to look wonderful and sound wonderful.
“When we put on events like this with Rural Aid, it’s not so much about the fundraising its about bringing funds into the towns that are suffering because of the drought.”
The free event runs from 4pm to 9.30pm on Saturday April 27 at Elizabeth Park, Scone.
Source: The Scone Advocate