NEXT year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival will pay a special salute to Slim Dusty.
The festival’s biggest outdoor event, the annual cavalcade of country musicians and industry personalities – helped by a cluster of horses and vehicles with big horsepower – will be a walking testament to the festival pioneer who died 10 years ago.
Organisers have announced that the Saturday, January 25 cavalcade down Peel St will pay tribute to the legendary musician with a themed musical heritage of the “Songs of Slim”.
It is part of a series of festival activities next January that will honour Slim.
The star element will be the unveiling of a bronze statue of Slim and wife Joy McKean in Peel St but there will also be a tribute concert in Bicentennial Park.
Festival manager Gavin Flanagan said he expected about 80 floats to take part in the cavalcade – all with Slim Dusty as their theme.
“Slim left behind an incredible legacy and this is our way of acknowledging the King of Country Music and the integral role he and Joy McKean played in establishing Tamworth as the Country Music Capital,” Mr Flanagan said.
The procession of floats, trucks, marching bands, dancers, cars and horses is always a crowd favourite and the organisers have now opened nominations for the event.
Entries will be judged on overall float design, country music theme and tribute to Slim’s country music legacy.
“During his lifetime, Slim Dusty released more than a hundred albums – that’s a phenomenal achievement and a huge collection of songs – we are expecting quite a variety of Slim’s music on the day,” Mr Flanagan said.
Nominations are open via the festival website at www.tcmf.com.au/cavalcade
Next year’s festival runs from Friday, January 17, to Sunday, January 26.