THE buskers have packed up and the Golden Guitars have been handed out - the Tamworth Country Music Festival is over for another year.
For the fans, their attention now turns to the 50-week wait until next year's festival, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Every January, the Country Music Festival sees Tamworth's population double from 55,000 to 111,000 during the 10-day carnival.
Peel St is blocked to traffic to make way for buskers of all ages - and talent levels - to play their music just metres from each other. It's where Kasey Chambers, Felicity Urquhart and Keith Urban were all discovered.
For the past week, Jono Nicholson, 19, from Wellington, was performing out the front of Crazy Clark's discount store, drawing a big crowd with his rock-country fusion of music.
"The best experience is when I see so many people in front of me, all smiling, happy and entertained," he said.
"The worst feeling is probably when you can't hear what you're doing from the street noise and what, but you get around that. I think Tamworth, from the very first people that busked here, they started something and everyone that's come after that is a part of that and that's me, I like to think, regardless of the style I do."
Jim and Rhonda Westwood, of Mudgee, have been coming to the Country Music Festival for the past 36 years and always camp out the back of the Locomotive Hotel.
"I missed one in '84 when our daughter got married," Mrs Westwood said. "You come here and meet all your mates and you don't see them again until next year.
"Country music in the old days, I suppose, was traditional and hillbilly sort of music, now it's going more towards rockabilly and younger tunes, which stops the older ones from coming but encourages a younger generation. I suppose that's the way it's got to be."
Troy and Wendy McLister, from Bargo, fell in love with Tamworth 10 years ago and renewed their wedding vows under gum trees at one of the makeshift campsites during this year's Country Music Festival.
The bride arrived on the back of a Ford F150 truck decorated with hearts.
"We came here for our honeymoon 10 years ago and we come back to meet up with friends," Mrs McLister said.
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