Karuah Bluegrass Music festival donates to local Fire Brigade.

DONATION: Fred McInerney, Karen Kucera, Elizabeth Delbridge, Acting Brigade Captain Ken Smee and Treasurer David Feeney.
DONATION: Fred McInerney, Karen Kucera, Elizabeth Delbridge, Acting Brigade Captain Ken Smee and Treasurer David Feeney.

KARUAH Progress Association (KPA) have donated $1000 to Karuah Rural Fire Service in appreciation of their assistance during this year’s Lost Highway Bluegrass Music Festival.

Now in its eighth year, the festival was organised by the KPA and its group of volunteers.

The donation made to Karuah Rural Fire Service last week acknowledges their members who supported and volunteered at the festival which was held in May.

A spokesperson for the KPA, said the aim of the Music Festival was to bring people to Karuah and have them stay for the weekend, injecting money into the local economy.

“It is estimated the injection this year was around $100,000,” the spokesperson said.

“It would be wonderful if we could be self-sufficient, but we will continue to need sponsorship for the next few years at least.”

This year’s event was sponsored by Hunter Quarries along with further sponsorship and assistance from Port Stephens Council.

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The KPA spokesperson said Festival organisers are currently on the search for a major sponsor to add to the ones they already have.

“Once this is achieved, we can look to donating more to community groups and projects,” they said.

“The festival has grown for the last seven years and we believe it will continue to grow.”

The annual family friendly event is well-supported by both the local community and visitors to the area.

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