What started as a light bulb moment for Bowraville's Dianne Potter on New Year's Eve while camping with friends, has grown into something beyond her wildest imaginings ...
"I realised on New Year's Eve this year is the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, which was a significant event of my youth and one my parents would not allow me to attend (given I was too young and it was in the USA)," Dianne said.
"So I thought, why not recreate the fun with friends at my place out at Bowra! I told some friends and they were pretty keen and then I told others at the Macksville High School reunion last year, and its been growing and growing ever since!"
So much so that the venue for 'Woodstock in the Valley' has moved out of Dianne's back yard, grown beyond its second venue (The Pub with No Beer) and is now set to take place on August 10/11 at the Macksville Showgrounds.
"What have I created! It's taken on a life of its own and in true Woodstock Festival form keeps on growing!"
While Dianne is not expecting anything like the 400,000 that turned up Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm some 43 miles southwest of Woodstock from August 15-18 in 1969 for 'Three Days of Peace and Music', interest so far has led her to believe crowds of over 1000 could be there on the day.
"The Rotary Club of Macksville (sponsors) and the Show Society have been wonderful and we are working on finalising the artist list - we have some Janice, Jimi, Crosby Still & Nash (including Young), Canned Heat, Creedence, Jo Cocker and more.
"Music on the main stage starts at 1pm and runs through to midnight and sound engineer Jeremy Allom has offered his services, another group is hopefully doing the lighting plus we have buskers and food stalls and markets all happening, all day and into the night.
"There will be an acoustic tent for walk ups, so make sure you bring your instruments plus there will be a Kiddies Corner with a jumping castle and a few rides as well as being a place for pebble painting, reading and interacting with music."
Entry to this community event is free but donations will be gladly accepted to help cover the burgeoning costs of what is sure to be a great fun weekend.
Camping is available for $20 per site per night and can be paid at the gate.
For more information contact Dianne Potter 0439 873 627 or for food stall enquiries phone Vicki Starr 0431 742 931.