TERARA couple Owen and Thelma Ison have kept a watchful eye on weather forecasts over the past couple of weeks ahead of their Terara Country Music Campout this weekend.
The couple will be hoping that the weather plays its part this weekend ahead of their third annual event.
Unfortunately last year’s event had to be cancelled due to the big wet that soaked the region.
But so far “everything has gone to plan”.
They dodged the tornado that hit the area recently and they hope to dodge the weather again this weekend.
“It’s a picture at the moment, we missed all the big rain other local areas have experienced, we have no puddles or mud around, and hopefully the weather does it’s part and stays fine for the weekend ahead,” Mr Ison said.
Visitors have already started arriving in their vans in which they will be camping on the Millbank Road property.
Already 60 vans have turned up.
“We have people in from all over the state,” he said.
“Visitors have already arrived from Temora, Wagga, Newcastle, Canberra, the Central Coast, Bega, you name it,
we even have one couple from Rockhampton.
“And lots of them are familiar faces who have been here before.”
Mr Ison expects to house around 150 vans for the weekend bringing an approximate 300 people into the town.
“They come and they stay and they spend money in our town,” he said.
“Most of them have travelled a fair distance so they make a holiday of it and stay for about a week.
“Most of them will be here until next Tuesday.
“They all buy meals and fuel while they are here, so it has to be good for
The campout, which features 10
special guest artists as well as a host of local performers, will raise money for Noah’s Shoalhaven (a centre that works with families and children with additional needs in the Shoalhaven) and Camp Quality, which will be catering the event.
Mr Ison praised the community for its support.
“The support I have received is something I’m very proud of,” he said.
“Everyone I have asked for support has come on board, and that’s why I continue to run this event. Hopefully, it is
putting back into my local community as well.”
The campout gets under way on Friday from 4pm.
On Saturday the entertainment starts at 9am and runs through until 10.30pm.
Sunday will start with something new, a poet’s breakfast from 8am, and the entertainment will run through until around 6pm.