VINTAGE cars and motorbikes will be admired to a soundtrack of country and western hits at the Terang Country Music Festival this weekend.
The exhibition is just one feature of the three-day festival, which expects to attract more than 1000 people to Terang.
Festival director Ray Worland said the vintage motoring display was a way to expand the festival’s appeal, now in its third year.
“We’re just trying to get a bit more interest into the weekend,” he said.
“We have three coming from the Holden club in Warrnambool and quite a number of local people are putting cars in.
“We should have at least a dozen vintage cars and six or eight vintage motorbikes.”
This year’s festival will extend to Sunday, with a breakfast and entertainment available to country music fans from 8.30am to noon.
“We’ve had a real lot of interest this time in the camping and everyone is ringing in inquiring about tickets, so there’s a lot of interest.
“I believe we can build on last year, which was about 1000 people.
“It’s a fantastic program, the best we’ve had by far.
“We’re really excited about the Saturday night line-up and we’re getting groups of caravan people doing the music circuit now, which is great.
“We hope we can get some more local people out there because the talent is unbelievable.”
The stars of the festival are expected to be sister-duo Sunny Cowgirls on Saturday night, while south-west-based Paul Costa will delight audiences in the afternoon.
Other musicians include The Sherrahs, Briana Lee, Amos Morris, Royden Donohue, Sandra Humphries, Kristy Cox.
Now held at the Terang racecourse after moving from the town’s recreation reserve, Mr Worland said the festival was immune from wet weather.
“We’re madly setting up at the moment with two stages indoors at the racecourse pavilion and the main stage outside facing the main area.
“Weather is always a worry but we have got the facilities to go indoors if the rain threatens.
“It’s a great outlook there with Mount Noorat in the background.”
Festival tickets are $50 ticket, or $10 for the Sunday breakfast session.