Cracking street entertainment at Tamworth festival

Cracking street entertainment at Tamworth festival

Whip cracker Nathan Griggs, from Nymboida, in action.

Whip cracker Nathan Griggs, from Nymboida, in action.


WHIP cracking, dog tricks, art shows and a petting zoo are some of the extra attractions of the Tamworth Country Music Festival.


HE's the whip cracking star from Nymboida and now Nathan Griggs could be the country's newest world record holder.

The 21-year-old entertainer brought his whip cracking show to the Tamworth Country Music Festival fresh from a record bid for the most whip cracks in one minute.

He's one of a few extra entertainers at the event, performing alongside an artist and a trick dog.

It's the third time Mr Griggs has been to Tamworth, with the crowds continuing to grow with each visit.

Mr Griggs started whip cracking at 14 after seeing another show in Darwin while travelling around the country with his parents.

He bought his first whip there and has taught himself plenty of tricks, along with making and selling his own whips.

"I'd never even cracked a whip before that but since then it's been constant practise," Mr Griggs said.

He's been travelling across Australia for the past two years with his show, which includes impressive performances cracking to Who Let The Dogs Out and Blurred Lines.

"I can crack to just about any song now, with a bit of practice," he said.

Mr Griggs has also created his own original trick, the cane toad popper, which sounds like a golf club whacking the Queensland nuisance.

He performs that trick along with the steam train and helicopter, and gets crowd members involved in the show.

He said his most recent achievement was the whip cracking record, but he's yet to get the official recognition.

"The current world record holder had 513 cracks and I made 530 whip cracks in a minute," Mr Griggs said.

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