Northland was once again invaded by guitars, cowboy hats and line-dancing squads for the 24th Bay of Islands Country Rock Festival held in Paihia, Russell and Haruru Falls over the weekend. Headline acts this year included Kiwi country crooners Eddie Low and Dennis Marsh, and Texan country diva Gloria River, but 89-year-old dancing gran Fran Craig of Helensville almost stole the show during Marsh's Saturday night gig at the Paihia Pacific. Festival organiser Shirley May put the turnout at 1700, slightly higher than last year.
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