South Canterbury continued its golden run at Gore's Golden Guitar Awards over the weekend.
Timaru woman Vicky Millar was part of the 40-plus winning duet and runner-up in the 40-plus solo female vocal section at the country music competition.
Millar said she was absolutely rapt with the weekend's wins.
She paid tribute to her daughter Lynda, who died a few years ago and had also sung country music.
"I did it for her," Millar said.
She said country music was something she had shared with her daughter, a "beautiful singer".
Millar won the duet section with Kaiapoi woman Sharon Williams, singing the Reba McEntire and LeAnn Rimes song When You Love Someone Like That.
Millar's runner-up solo performance was another McEntire song, The Heart of the Lonely Hunter.
"It was a song I really relate to.
"You can put a lot into a song when you relate to it. It's quite an emotional song," she said.
Millar plans to make a dream come true next year by visiting Nashville, Tennessee, and is hoping to go to McEntire's studio.
She has a friend who works at the studio and said it would be amazing to visit the workplace of one of her idols. She will also visit the famous Grand Ole Opry while in country music's home.
"There is so much on offer there, I can't wait," she said.
Other people to claim awards from South Canterbury were Pleasant Point's Jenny Harraway, in the senior female vocal solo, and Geraldine's Krista Thomson for senior traditional.
- The Timaru Herald