Owaka to stage its own country music event

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JACK.CONROY@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

The Owaka Stacker is a “walk-up blackboard” country music event for Owaka to “finally have its own show”, organiser Terry Bartlett says.

“They have the Kaitangata Car Show, which I love, and they have shows in Balclutha . . . but there never seems to be anything for Owaka, and I want to change that,” the former Clutha resident said.

The idea was for less well­known acts to sign up and take the stage in front of a crowd.
Mr Bartlett now lives in Mosgiel, but has a history of organising musical events in the district.

“We did one in Balclutha in July [2019] and another in September. For the first event, not knowing what I was doing, it went great.

“It was cold and wet and windy but the crowd loved it, the people loved it, and the entertainers and the people I worked with pulled together and did the best we could with what we had.”

He was hoping for a repeat performance this time around.

Musical groups from Dunedin would attend the Owaka show to provide entertainment between the impromptu acts.

“We’re going to have some unique things. We’ve got a ukelele group coming, and perhaps we could even have bagpipes.”

Another major drawcard would be the tongue-twister competition.

“We searched around for the hardest ones we could find . . . even we can’t do them.”
This competition would run through a series of heats.While difficult, there would be less tendency to slur your words as the whole day was an alcohol­free event.

“Some people might be unhappy about that,” Mr Bartlett said.

“But others will see that they can still have a good time, and everyone will get home safely.”

The Owaka Stacker will be held on February 29 and will run from 11am to 10.30pm
If you are interested in participating in the show, contact feedback@nulldrewdod.com