This Saturday is "Slim Dusty Day" and the Slim Dusty Foundation is inviting everyone to celebrate on Slim's Birthday of June 13.
Dr David Kirkpatrick, Slim Dusty Foundation Chairman and the son of Slim Dusty and Joy McKean, reflected on what this annual day of celebration means to him personally.
"To me the day represents an opportunity to reflect on our love for the Australian landscape in all its forms, and the people who love living here — from all walks of life and backgrounds. Slim provides a focus in his music for people to connect to the spirit of the bush and to feel part of something bigger."
The very first Slim Dusty Day was celebrated at the Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey in 2012, and has reached the heights of collective support from the stars of Australian Country Music.
Patron of the Slim Dusty Foundation, Lee Kernaghan OAM, originally led the way in mustering support throughout Australia for people to celebrate an annual Slim Dusty Day.
"In the steps of Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson, Slim Dusty embedded our culture and heritage into history. For over half a century Slim touched our hearts and minds through the music he made and the life he lived. National Slim Dusty Day is a way for all Australians to come together to celebrate our musical heritage, the people’s King of Country and the everyday Australian's who make our country great."
The Slim Dusty Centre and Museum in Kempsey, is set to officially open to the public in October this year.
This Saturday, the Slim Dusty Centre will open its doors and celebrate Slim Dusty Day with tours of the building, and a special temporary exhibition that will display photography and museum objects from the collection, focussing on the highlights and achievements of Slim Dusty and his musical career.
There will also be a DVD screening of the 2004 tribute concert, Concert for Slim, featuring some of Australia's top country music artists.
Visitors to the Centre will enjoy live entertainment from some of the Macleay Valley's local musicians. A sausage sizzle and raffle will run for the day, with Slim Dusty merchandise available for sale.
Entry will be by gold coin donation. Slim Dusty Day will be held between 10am and 3pm at the Slim Dusty Centre: 490 Macleay Valley Way, Kempsey. For all enquiries call 6562 6533 or 1800 18SLIM.