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Tamworth’s Golden Guitar set to glow brighter for 50th Country Music Festival

Looking ahead to the Toyota Country Music Festival’s 50th birthday, Tamworth’s most iconic monument is set to receive a facelift.


The nationally recognised iconic tourist attraction will undergo maintenance works between Tuesday October 5 and Saturday October 9 by Tamworth Regional Council.


Council’s Coordinator, Visitor Economy Kate Baker says the Big Golden Guitar is in need of some TLC.


“Given the extremes of temperatures we experience in this region, the guitar is faded and weathered, and in need of a make-over.”


The five day glow up procedure will include a thorough clean job, minor repairs and a respray of long lasting bright gold paint.


During the maintenance period tourists and member of the public will not be able to access the guitar to take photos and the much-loved selfie.


“Unfortunately, due to safety reasons the Big Golden Guitar will be out of action for the refurbishing period,” says Council’s Kate Baker.


The works have been timed outside of the October school holiday period to ensure minimal disruptions.


Festival organisers are wanting to put the city’s best foot forward for the momentous celebration.


“This city is known as Australia’s Country Music Capital and for good reason, Tamworth hosts the biggest music festival in Australia and the biggest country music festival in the Southern Hemisphere,” says Festival organiser, Barry Harley.


“And it’s only fitting that the Big Golden Guitar is looking it’s best for the big 50th celebration.”