The Gore native (pictured above with the trophy and her proud dad) was the hometown hero of the weekend, winning the overall senior award, after last year securing the intermediate category.
The honour of being presented with the famous wooden trophy topped off a successful 24 months, with Mitchell winning the 2016 MLT Songwriting Awards, placed third on NZ’s Got Talent and released her debut album, ‘The Old Oak’.
The album has gone onto debut at number 1 on the NZ Country iTunes Charts and number 3 on the Official NZ Music Charts.
Dunedin Americana duo, Flora & Sean, were named runners-up in the senior overall category, as well as being the winners of The Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking Competition.
More than 5000 country fans packed into the 44th annual New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards, to witness a total of 700 competitors give it their all for the pride and passion of country.
Held between Friday, June 2 and Sunday, June 4, it follows a week of music celebrations, including the NZ Country Music Awards, MLT Songwriting Awards, as well as various concerts and busking competitions.
The overall Junior Winner for 2017 was Serenity-Grace Nielsen (Vocal Solo), followed by Dunedin’s Jayden TJ who claimed the runner-up award.
The Intermediate Winner was Mac, of Dunedin (NZ Song), with another southern star, Invercargill’s Hazel Blue, taking out second place.
Overall winner of the 60+ category went to Dunedin’s Jean Barkman (Gospel), and Legal Tender, of Waikanae, (NZ Song) took out the 40+ section.
Contestants compete in either the junior, intermediate, senior or 40 and 60 plus sections, with a variety of sub-categories on offer, including male and female solo, gospel, traditional, country rock, duet, yodeling, vocal group, New Zealand composition and instrumental.
Senior Winner 2017 – Jenny Mitchell – Gore
Senior Runner-up 2017 – Flora & Sean – Dunedin
Junior Winner 2017 – Serenity-Grace Nielsen (Vocal Solo)
Junior Runner-up 2017 – Jayden TJ – Dunedin
Intermediate Winner 2017 – Mac – Dunedin (NZ Song)
Intermediate Runner-up 2017 – Hazel Blue – Invercargill
60+ Winner 2017 – Jean Barkman – Dunedin (Gospel)
40+ Winner 2017 – Legal Tender – Waikanae (NZ Song)