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Grant Success for Clarence Town River Country Hoedown

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter is pleased to announce that The Clarence Town River Country Hoedown has been successful in obtaining a grant for $20,000 under the 2017 Incubator Event Fund from Destination NSW.

This NSW State Government initiative offers one-off annual grants of up to $20,000 to support local events in Regional NSW during their startup phase. The program is a cornerstone of the Government’s investment into promoting tourism in regional NSW.

“It was a pleasure to present the Clarence Town River Country Hoedown Committee the good news that they were successful in obtaining this grant so as to help support their event”,  Mr. Johnsen said.

The event’s founder and President of the Clarence Town River Country Hoedown Committee, Katie Bagnall saids “our vision is to promote Clarence Town through a Country music festival.  The event is being held for the second time and will build on its early success last year”.

“We are striving to create a festival where residents, families, musicians, and music lovers can join together to enjoy quality music, share ideas, learn new music skills, and share in a great day of country entertainment in a beautiful location”, said Katie Bagnall.

“The Hoedown will include music by headline acts such as Catherine Britt, The Viper Creek Band, Bill Chambers and 24 Hours,” added Katie.

The Hoedown will be a part of a bigger Festival held in Clarence Town from Friday, 27 October to Sunday, 29 October.  It will have food, markets, poetry, amusement rides and much more at various venues around the Clarence Town area.  There will be a Classic and Vintage Car event held on the Sunday. 

Bryce Whale, President of the Clarence Town Progress Association, said “the event has already received significant sponsorship from businesses in the town, which sees the event as a great opportunity to promote a positive image of Clarence Town and our region in general.”

Katie Bagnall added “in addition, we really appreciate the support provided by Dungog Shire Events Inc, who auspiced the grant, and for the support provided by Ivan Skaines, Dungog Shire Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Co-ordinator”.   

The 2017 Hoedown is a highlight of the Festival and will be held on Saturday 28 October. 

“I congratulate the Committee and all those involved for having the vision to promote Clarence Town through a country music festival and I wish them every success”, concluded Mr. Johnsen.

Tickets for the event are available at

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