Overall winners from affiliated awards around NZ compete for the prestigious title of 'NZ Country Music Entertainer of the Year'.

Special Guest Artist Dale Hooper from Australia, as well as 2016 NZ Country Music Entertainer of the Year Always at Heart from Christchurch, Laura Lowe from Nelson, Brianna Hedley from Gore and Rupert King from Auckland.

We have 16 artist competing this year in their various age groups and they will perform all styles of country music as well as originals. Come along and hear the best of NZ's country music artists of all ages.