A cheerful Jessie Kernaghan, 10, of the Lennox Boot Scooters, is heading to the Tamworth Country Music Festival this weekend where the young group will be performing.
A cheerful Jessie Kernaghan, 10, of the Lennox Boot Scooters, is heading to the Tamworth Country Music Festival this weekend where the young group will be performing. Claudia Baxter

Boot-scootin Lennox girls

SURFER GIRLS from Lennox Head kicked the sand off their cowboy boots yesterday in preparation for line-dancing in the Tamworth Country Music Festival this weekend.

This is not the multi-award winning girls first time at Tamworth and they are expected to bring some more trophies to add to the mantelpiece.

Susie Daniels, 13, said she can’t wait for Sunday when the competition starts.

“I love competing and making friends with all the other dancers from different clubs. Dancing is my hobby and line dancing is something completely different,” she said.

Susie’s mum, Jayne, said line-dancing was not just for country folk.

“The girls are probably wearing their bikinis under the costumes,” she said.

Kimberly Vidler, 17, said modifications to the style of line-dancing had attracted a younger crowd.

“Line-dancing has changed, it feels more jazzy and modern which attracts the younger crowd,” she said.

Susan Vidler, Kimberly’s mum, said despite the old fashion rules in line-dancing competitions, like wearing a modesty petty coat under long dresses, line-dancing is considered ‘cool’ by the girls.

“You don’t always have to dance to country music, we are using the Hairspray sound track,” she said.

The mothers of the 13 girls competing have spent relentless hours making costumes.

“We transformed Lennox Head Primary into a sweat shop the other day to make the costumes. We were having the biggest arguments over what type of pins to use in the dresses, we just want the girls to be perfect,” Ms Daniels said.

The Tamworth Country Music Festival kicks off today.



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