ENTHUSIASTIC waves lined the streets of Tamworth on Saturday morning.
And it wasn't just for the country music festival cavalcade.
Crowds cheered on as the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners made their way through the city, headed to deliver hay to desperate farmers in Armidale.
It all started with a simple Facebook post from resident Nathan Peters, even he was shocked by the turn out.
"I was very surprised, I did not think there would be that many people," he said.
"I wanted to show him support and respect, Brendan 'Bumpa' Farrell goes to a lot of hard work and it takes him months to do it.
"I thought Tamworth could come on board and I think he did appreciate it."
The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners started in 2014 when Bumpa heard about a farmer in Bourke who was doing it tough in the drought.
So, Bumpa contacted the farmer offered to bring him some hay.
Since then the group has finished 11 hay runs to drought-affected communities in NSW and QLD.
The convoy headed to Armidale included 178 trucks, Mr Peters said.
"My uncle is off the land after three generations of farming, as a child I was going out every week to help him farm the land," he said.
"I just feel for the farmers I really do, it must be so hard for them - and it doesn't just impact farmers, they do a lot of work with small businesses."