Numbers are down at the Riverside campgrounds with just a couple days until the Tamworth Country Music Festival kicks off.
Tamworth Country Music Festival organiser Barry Harley said numbers were likely to be lower this year, by anywhere up to 20 per cent, compared to 2019.
On Tuesday, 108 campsites were occupied at Riverside with the drought and bushfires attributed as contributing factors to the lower numbers at the campgrounds.
Many people at the grounds also said it was clear numbers were down but were hopeful the campsite would get an influx of people in the coming days.
Andy Nguyen is one person who'd like to see more campers roll in.
Mr Nguyen, who owns Little Lashes with his wife, runs the canteen and stage at the campgrounds.
He's behind the counter from 6am in the morning until late into the night. While he said numbers were way down, he said he was still happy to be a part of the festival.
"I'm here to provide that convenience and entertainment," Mr Nguyen said.
"We do $10 meals at night and open from 6am every morning until 10-11pm."
The convenience comes with the food on offer at the canteen, with the profits benefiting local clubs, and the entertainment in the form of live music.
A stage is set up so artists can hit the stage to play a spot.
Musician Mark Shay is organising the artists who usually hit the stage from 6pm each night.
"I've already got a bunch of artists booked in," he said.
"I'm going to be going around and talking to a lot of the buskers to see if they want a spot to give them some exposure on a stage."