Town set to be more than little bit country

21:44, May 23 2013

The main streets of Gore will be filled with country music displays this weekend in anticipation for the 40th anniversary of the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards.

A window-dressing competition is being held, where businesses will set up a window display with the theme "a country song".

Competition organiser Elizabeth Glassey said finishing touches would be made by competitors today with judging to be held on Monday and Tuesday next week.

"It's to give the town a bit of oomph for the 40th anniversary," Mrs Glassey said.

About 30 entries had come in, including some rest-homes which were setting up a room instead of a window display, she said.

Donna Whipps, manager of The Merino Story, said she had a lot of fun setting up her window display depicting Kenny Rogers' famous tune The Gambler.


"I wanted to do something different," she said.

Her display includes a signpost that reads "Train bound from nowhere", one of the opening lines of the famous song.

Calvin Streetwear store manager Jess Pullham said staff had decorated all three of their display windows, with each window telling part of a story.

The first window shows a mannequin buying tickets, the second window has concert-goers waiting for the show to start with a Welcome to Gore sign hanging above them, while the final window shows mannequins performing the song Wagon Wheel.

Results would be announced on Wednesday.

The Southland Times