We had a shared BBQ lunch, where a few parents of the Australian students attended. This was followed up with a graduation ceremony. All the tutors talked about the students and their involvement at the Academy. It was heart-warming to hear KB talk about me being a positive motivating element for our group, as this is an aspect of my character that I want to be remembered by throughout my life.
After the ceremony, most of us sat in the Theatrette to watch the performance from the night before. We got to just before my song, and then needed to make our way to Bicentennial Park for our Opening Ceremony sound check. Turns out it does rain in this town, as we were pelted before we hit the stage.
We went for a quick dinner at Hogs Breath down the road, and returned to a park to see large numbers of Country Music fans filling the venue. We hit the stage, and kicked the Tamworth Country Music Festival into gear. I had a little freak-out moment, as the guitar chord giving me the cue for me to sing the first lines acapella was muted. I took a punt, and hit the note. Wow … life is exciting living on the edge.
A few went into town afterwards to listen to some bands; however I cruised back to the accommodation to party with others at the Academy campus. We jammed on the guitars till the little hours of the morning. I know that there will be a few sore heads in the morning, but let’s face it … you can sleep when you’re dead.
I will miss seeing my new country music family, however I know that his won’t be the last time I see these talented souls.