Tamworth festival earlybirds nab camping spot

THE Riverside sporting fields are quickly becoming a temporary home to country music lovers from across the nation.

Malcolm and Gloria Leo from Salisbury North, South Australia, arrived last week and are regulars to their corner spot beside the Peel River.

Usually joined by other couples, one fellow camper sadly died in the past year from lung cancer and another couple couldn't make it due to health reasons.

They arrived in the Country Music Capital last Friday and are looking forward to seeing their favourite artists.

Mrs Leo said she wanted to see Beccy Cole and Adam Harvey and "anybody else that's good". "We see them during the year as well," she said.

"We will see Beccy as soon as we get home in February in Adelaide, because our grandson bought us tickets for Christmas."

The couple said they'd try to get to two or three of the Longyard breakfast shows during the festival as well.

Mr Leo said he loved getting in early to soak up the atmosphere and enjoyed the short walk into Peel St from the Riverside camping grounds.

"We love to watch the cricket from here, too," he said.

The regular festivalgoers said they'd been coming since 2003 and only missed one year in that time.

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