THE countdown is on.
There's just five days until the familiar twang of Tamworth Country Music Festival rings in our ears.
And, residents have had the first taste with exclusive access to the famed TCMF hats.
The hats raise funds for Rural Aid, and on Friday already plenty of locals had popped into Ray Walsh House to pick them up, Tamworth Regional Council events and sponsorship officer Erin Carroll said.
"We've got 15,000 hats to distribute and for the next few days we're giving away a limited number to our festival locals," she said.
Nashville imports have also joined the organising team this year as part of a Sister City internship program.
Jami Hamman, Sinclair Walker, MacKenzie Higgins and Isabel Sachtleben are being hosted by local families and weren't too fussed on Vegemite.
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