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Blundell bound for Laura

BLUNDELL COMING TO LAURA: James Blundell will take to the stage at the Laura Country Music Festival this year.
BLUNDELL COMING TO LAURA: James Blundell will take to the stage at the Laura Country Music Festival this year.

Country music sensation and ARIA award winner James Blundell is bound for Laura.

Blundell, who is in the Country Music Awards hall of fame, is the headline act at this year's Laura Country Music Festival.

He will take to the Laura Civic Centre stage on Sunday, July 28, in an action-packed weekend of country music planned for the town.

Now in its ninth year, the annual event has consistently attracted some of the nation's best country stars to the town with Blundell being their biggest star yet.

The event's chairman, Ian White, said they were excited to welcome country music lovers back to the town for another year.

"We've got a great weekend planned for our town and there are a variety of performers for all to enjoy," he said.

Event organiser, Joyce Wode, told Northern Argus and The Flinders News they had planned the event so that there was entertainment to attract all ages.

While ticket prices have risen slightly this year, this reflects the inclusion of James Blundell in their line-up of entertainment.

"The ticket prices reflect the acts we have," Joyce said.

"Events don't make a lot of money. But the more money we can make, the more money we can put back into the Civic Centre."

Blundell aside, there will be plenty of familiar faces for all to enjoy with Orroroo-based John O'Dea also performing on Sunday.

In an exciting development for the event's organising committee, two previous talent quest winners return to the Laura Country Music Festival, this time as acts in their own right.

Ella Hebberman, of Jamestown, and home-grown talent Isabella Allen, of Laura, will take to the stage on Saturday.

The organising committee praised the community for supporting the event.

Local businesses have donated goods and vouchers for the event.

A big raffle will be held at the weekend, with first prize of a water pump from Blackmores worth $540, second prize a quilt donated by Irene Scott, third prize a $120 voucher from IGA and fourth prize a basket of goods consisting of local produce.

The weekend kicks off with a talent quest on the Saturday and then performances throughout day. Sunday starts with gospel and then there's a constant stream of acts to enjoy.

Be quick to get early bird tickets before July 21. A weekend pass, including a roast dinner on the Saturday night, costs $75 or $85 if bought after the early bird deadline.

A weekend pass without a meal on the Saturday night is $70, Saturday only early bird is $35 or $40 afterwards, or $40 with a roast meal on the evening. Sunday early bird is $40 or $45 afterwards.

For ticket enquiries, contact Marie on 0429 913 489.