IT WAS as if they’d counted themselves in ahead of belting-out their showstopping tune on the main stage.
Council’s sister city interns struck a chord when it came to naming a headliner who’d take Tamworth’s festival to the lofty heights of the CMA fest hosted in their hometown, Nashville.
“Carrie Underwood,” the trio said in unison.
They agreed the focus on star-power sets their home festival apart, but none of the teenagers had even heard of Daryl Braithwaite.
While a celestial hand-me-down such as Ms Underwood probably isn’t on the cards, the sister cities already share similarities, including nice and easy-going locals.
Mayor Col Murray said the “spike in the local economy” had started, six days out from the event.
Early arrivals appear to have grown and Cr Murray said he’d received feedback on the divisive move to investigate a new levy to bolster council’s major event calendar.
“People want council to draw a line under what it does already and have any extra revenue go towards new events,” he said.
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