EVEN rain couldn't dampen the spirits of boot-scootin' country music fans in Terang on Saturday.
More than 1000 people enjoyed a weekend of tunes, dancing and vintage motors at the Terang Country Music Festival, now in its third year.
Festival director Ray Worland said on Friday the Terang Hotel was packed and Saturday's show at the Terang Racecourse, led by singing sister duo The Sunny CowGirls, was a huge success.
"We had a bit of rain but it created a bit of an atmosphere on Saturday afternoon because a lot of people crowded into the grandstand and it gave it a different feel to what we had last year," he told The Standard.
"I think people are getting on the circuit like we hoped they would and they're telling their friends and coming from everywhere.
"We had 40 caravans camping last year, but 75 this year.
"It was like a big caravan park at the racecourse and made for a fantastic atmosphere.
"Considering the weather I reckon it was sensational."
This year's event extended to a third day with a farewell breakfast on Sunday morning, which Mr Worland said added to the festival's community spirit.
"The breakfast was a new idea and it worked well.
"It's just one of those things where you sit down, have breakfast, hear more of the music and it gives you a good feeling to drive off home again.
"The hoedown on Saturday went fantastic with The Sunny Cowgirls.
"They really turned it on, and we're getting a lot of younger ones there which is what we're aiming at.
"This has been a really successful festival for us and we're going to build further on the campers and the ho down to try and get another headline act next year."