A stampede of the country music kind
COUNTRY music stars shone bright as hundreds of visitors from across Australia descended on Allora for a weekend of toe-tapping goodness.
From Golden Guitar winners to local talent, the line-up of performers at the week-long Allora-Goomburra Country Music Stampede had crowds on their feet.
Among the talent was veteran performer of 52 years, Evelyn Bury.
Mrs Bury, who won a Golden Guitar in 1988, said the festival was absolutely wonderful.
"The festival is a special one on a lot of people's lists," she said.
"In my career I've worked with a lot of the originals - Smokey, Slim and Tex."
Returning to Allora was a trip down memory lane for singer Rod Williams, who owned the Commercial Hotel in 1973.
"In the 1980s Keith Urban was the lead guitar player in my band," he said.
"He always had his eyes on the stars. He is very, very talented."
Mr Williams returned from a 26-year hiatus from music recently and said it was good to be back in it.
"It's nice meeting a lot of people I've met at festivals in the past," he said.
Organiser Maggie Stokes started the festival five years ago and said the first year holding it at the Allora Showgrounds had been a success.
"It's a lot better here. We've got about 250 caravans and camper vans," she said.
"They just love their country music - they've emptied out two of the cash machines in town."
The contributions of local performers were also recognised, when Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg stopped by on Saturday to present a special award to the legendary "Tappin" Teddy Thompson.
Mr Springborg, a country music lover himself, said the festival had a great energy about it.
"I've seen it grow incredibly over the last five years," he said. "This has been a labour of love - I'm pleased it's grown so much."