MUSIC'S PUMPING: Organisers of the Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival (from left) Garry Lavercombe, Carol Stacey and Rotarian Michael Jones raised some eyebrows this morning when they brought a 4m guitar to Ballina's Lighthouse Beach.
MUSIC'S PUMPING: Organisers of the Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival (from left) Garry Lavercombe, Carol Stacey and Rotarian Michael Jones raised some eyebrows this morning when they brought a 4m guitar to Ballina's Lighthouse Beach. Graham Broadhead

That’s not a guitar ... THIS is a guitar!

WALKERS on Ballina's Lighthouse Beach this morning were puzzled by the appearance of a giant guitar.

Okay, it's not quite as big as the iconic axe in the Australian country music capital of Tamworth.

But the 4m wooden Ballina version, made by the members of the Richmond Valley Woodcrafters based at Summerland House Farm, was taken to the beach to promote the Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival.

And it certainly made heads turn.

The beach provided the perfect backdrop for the promotion of the coastal-themed festival to be held in Ballina on the weekend of June 10-12.

Festival promoter Garry Lavercombe said the big guitar represented the upcoming "big festival".

There will be about 30 acts performing over three days, and the majority of the events are free.

The two ticketed events will be a benefit concert, supporting the festival, at the Cherry Street Sports Club on Friday, June 10, and the feature event on the back green of the bowlo on Saturday, June 11, with Tania Kernaghan starring.

Tickets for both these events are on sale at the Cherry Street Sports Club.

The Rotary Club of Ballina last year came on board to be the major backer of the festival.

For more information on the festival, see ballinacountrymusic.com.