SPURS and sand will collide in Nelson Bay later this year for the Blue Water Country Music Festival.
More than 20,000 guests are expected to bring $2.2million into the Port Stephens economy as the June event enters its sixth year.
Linedancing and other events will be scattered throughout the bay, with stages lining the foreshore at the epicentre.
Co-ordinator Marian Sampson said the Nelson Bay and District Business Chamber event aimed to attract a distinct audience to Port Stephens.
‘‘It’s not a regular place for [a country festival] but there’s no reason why we can’t celebrate a style of music and bring the country to the coast,’’ Ms Sampson said.
Corlette-based country singer Margie-May Hockey, 15, said the genre had its fair share of Port Stephens fans.
‘‘There’s a thriving country music scene,’’ she said. ‘‘There are so many opportunities through this festival for young performers to get a chance.’’
The festival begins on June 8.