Following what was described as a "phenomenal success" last year, the Kurow Festival Committee intends to continue with its winning formula at Market Day on Saturday, December 29, between 9am and 1.30pm.
The market day will celebrate three massive days of events in the Waitaki Valley starting with the Omarama Rodeo on December 28 and followed by the Kurow races on December 30.
Kurow Festival Committee entertainment officer Jon Brocas said that with the increase in stall numbers from last year, the road closure has been extended to include the whole town so visitors and stall-holders can safely enjoy their day.
"It is going to be a great day," he said. "The entertainment will include an 'open microphone' on the stage where anyone can get up on the stage and be in to win a prize and music from The Coyotes.
"We are grateful for the support from Port FM Regional and Mainstreet Music, Oamaru, who have supported local talent with great rewards," Mr Brocas said.
He said there would be prizes in various sections including Best Artist/Group, where an individual artist may be accompanied by a pre-recorded backing track and/or instruments; Best Original Song, which is open to groups or individuals who must present their own material or the material must have been written for them and Best Busker which is open to any busker with any form of entertainment.
The winner of the best composition will be interviewed by PortFM and the piece professionally recorded and played on air.
The best artist/group will receive $100 worth of gift vouchers from Mainstreet Music, Oamaru, and the best busker will take home $50 worth of gift vouchers from Mainstreet Music, Oamaru.
"Stall sites are free for buskers, but must be booked with the stall convenor, Pam Currall," Mr Brocas said.
"The resident band for the day, The Coyotes, will provide some great music and are happy to help entrants in the open microphone competition with backing music if required."