THE kids from the bush revelled in the chance to get in to the spirit of the outback and sing along to one of country music's iconic songs when they met that famous black guitar-toting bloke, Lee Kernaghan.
Lee was at Rolleston State School yesterday as he continued his support for the 2011 Ride for Rural Kids which culminates in Emerald with his concert at the showgrounds tonight.
"I've been visiting a lot of schools along the way and it's just beautiful," he said.
"All the little ones have really worked so hard to sing along with me."
Lee is travelling with NRL referees Ben Cummins and Chris Sutton and Chris' brothers Bernard and Gerard, bike riders on the 1000km charity ride which has so far raised more than $80,000 for the Ronald McDonald House program.
"Probably the most poignant thing is 95% of the children they help come from the country, so this has really resonated with all the communities we've stopped at and everyone has been very supportive," Lee, who auctioned off one of his guitars for $6000, said.
You can meet Lee today at midday in Emerald when he will be signing autographs at CQ Ag Services, 89 Macauley Rd, for an hour where there will also be giveaways and a pass the ball competition.
Primary school-aged children will be admitted free to the concert tonight which features Lee, his sister Tania, special guests The Westerlies and Marcus Meier, and local artists Alpha's Rhia Austen, 13, Yeppoon's Sophie Rose, 14, Springsure's Josh Nixon, 14, and Emerald teen Gail Parez.
Tickets are still available at the gate from 5pm.
People should bring their own chairs and blankets.
Entry and parking can also be gained through the Emerald saleyards which has been opened up for the night.
"I'm hoping this is going to be the party of the year," Lee enthused.
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