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It’s a family affair before the game where all kids and adults can appreciate bringing the country to the ‘G ahead of watching the Cats take on the Bombers at Melbourne’s home of footy.

There will also be a range of pre-match activities on-field ahead of the bounce!


The free festival will be held in the Yarra Park Precinct from 1pm and includes plenty of activities showcasing the best of Regional Victoria, and live entertainment.

Enjoy performances from The Black Sorrows, John Williamson, Michelle Gardiner and Darren Coggan at the main stage.

The fresh produce from the country will be celebrated with a farmer’s market supported by Regional Development Victoria and Food and Wine Festival, featuring a range of delicious produce from regional Victoria.

Click here to view a map of the festival.


The following live entertainment will take place at the main stage.

Time Artist/Band
1.00pm - 1.45pm Michelle Gardiner and band
1.50pm - 2.30pm Darren Coggan
2.30pm - 2.40pm George the Farmer
2.45pm - 3.00pm John Williamson
3.00pm - 3.05pm RDV interview on stage
3.05pm - 3.50pm The Black Sorrows
3.50pm Powercor Mascot



The Powercor Country Festival will again recognise and pay tribute to thousands of volunteers from regional communities in a special pre-match ceremony involving the Country Fire Authority.

CFA volunteers will form a guard of honour for both teams when they run out onto the MCG and will feature in the pre-match ceremony, unfurling an oversize Australian flag during John Williamson’s performance of Waltzing Matilda.


4.10pm - John Williamson performs, whilst volunteers take part in the guard of honour
4.29pm - On-ground ceremony


Footy fans can get a taste of the best country footballers in action with Ballarat FL v Goulburn Valley FL going head to head in the in the 2018 WorkSafe AFL Victoria Community Championship on the MCG, match starts at 12.45pm.


Essendon v Geelong Cats
Round 9 - Saturday 19 May | 4.35pm


Purchase your tickets here or via the link below if you're a Geelong Cats Member:


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The Power of the Country

9:27am May 18, 2018

Why I love country footy

3:00pm May 16, 2018

Powercor Country Festival Launch

5:11pm May 14, 2018

Powercor Country Festival

4:33pm May 1, 2018

Cats wrap up Community Camp

2:01pm Mar 4, 2016


Geelong's Team of the Country

Complied by Cats historian Col Hutchinson, the team is made up of players from regional areas

12:00pm  May 17, 2018

The Black Sorrows to headline Country Festival

Australian rock legends the Black Sorrows will headline the Powercor Country Festival

10:23am  May 17, 2018

Country Festival to honour volunteers

The Powercor Country Festival will pay tribute to thousands of volunteers from regional communities

10:10am  May 16, 2018

House at Home on the Farm

Farming holds a special place in the heart of Timm House.

1:54pm  May 16, 2018

Country Festival Culinary Experience

The Powercor Country Festival will feature more than 50 farmers market stalls this year.

12:41pm  May 15, 2018

Powercor Country Festival

Footy fans are set to enjoy a massive celebration of the country

1:41pm  May 14, 2018

Powercor Country Festival is back

The Powercor Country Festival is back bigger than ever ahead of the annual country themed match between Geelong and Essendon

2:00pm  May 1, 2018

Cats and Bombers launch 2018 Powercor Country Festival

The Powercor Country Festival will kick off in Colac on March 11, when they line-up in a pre-season hit-out as part of the JLT Community Series

4:23pm  Feb 19, 2018

Colac to kick off 2018 Powercor Country Festival

The Powercor Country Festival will return for a third year in 2018

5:06pm  Oct 26, 2017

Country Festival live music set times released

Get the live music set times for tomorrow's FREE Country Festival in Yarra Park here!

3:16pm  May 12, 2017

Country's best to receive Tom Wills Award

The player adjudged best on ground in the Powercor Country Festival match will receive the Tom Wills Award

10:30am  May 12, 2017

Powercor Country Festival

From award winning artists, to farm animals and machinery - there is something for everyone at the Powercor Australia Country Festival.

2:32pm  May 2, 2017

Best of the bush to play before Cats v Bombers

Childhood dreams will become a reality for a number of community footballers

5:42pm  Mar 21, 2017

Cats and Bombers launch Powercor Country Festival

Tom Hawkins and Zach Merrett took part in whip-cracking at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds ahead of Sunday's game in Bendigo

8:38pm  Mar 9, 2017

Cats and Bombers launch 'Country Game'

Geelong and Essendon will play annual matches to celebrate all that is great about regional Australia

7:20am  Oct 27, 2015

Cats' Team of the Country

The best Cats players from the country have been selected and the team will leave you speechless

1:36pm  Apr 13, 2016

Stanley enjoying time in the country

Rhys Stanley is looking forward to getting back to his country footy roots when he runs out for the Cats against Essendon in Shepparton

3:09pm  Mar 4, 2016

Lonergan: Why I love country footy

Cats' defender Tom Lonergan writes for the AFLPA on his love of country football and the game's importance to regional communities.

4:15pm  Apr 15, 2016

Country guernsey revealed

The Cats have unveiled their Country Guernsey, which celebrates the region's primary industries

10:51am  Apr 13, 2016

Bessie and Birregurra's boy

Lachie Henderson reflects on his country upbringing ahead of this weekend's Powercor Country Program.

4:29pm  Apr 12, 2016