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September 19, 2013

The Nanango Country Music Muster has come a long way from the first tentative year when there was just a handful of caravans … at 2:30pm on Saturday there were 811 caravans packed into the Nanango Showgrounds (a record, and there’s a good chance a few more slipped in after this).

The four-day Muster is a highlight on the “grey nomad” circuit and literally thousands of people now turn up every year to enjoy an eclectic mix of professional and amateur country singers, bush poetry and gospel music.

Muster president Les Schloss said it was getting bigger every year, but there was still room for more more people.

Earlier this year Heritage Bank signed up as the naming rights sponsor for the next three years which should ensure the Muster continues to grow.

Sponsorship also came from Events Queensland and the South Burnett Regional Council.

Heading the program this year was the South Burnett’s own Dean Perrett, along with Golden Guitar finalist Anita Ree, Roll of Renown member Reg Poole and 2013 Golden Guitar winner Graham Rodger.

Profits from the event are ploughed back into upgrading the Nanango Showgrounds.

Proceeds from last year’s Muster went into upgrading the power on the grounds and installing permanent shade in front of the canteen building.

The next big event at Nanango Showgrounds is the rock’n’roll camp-out weekend, “The Waterhole Rocks”, on October 19-21 which the Show Society believes has the potential to become as big as the Muster.

Alisha Smith with the “gentle giant” of Australian country music, Reg Poole, and his wife Dot 

Well-known Kingaroy entertainer Lloyd Back was enjoying listening to the music for a change 

The “Monto Yodeller” Brian Jendra with his wife Val in the CD tent

Dean Perrett was selling copies of his latest album “The Shelter Of The Cross”

Not everyone had CDs … Gaye Kirby and Louise Roeland, from Blackbutt, were selling fudge 
The large crowd stretched from the canteen area down the bank to seats on the oval
Three stars of bush poetry … Gary Fogarty, Neil McArthur and Ray Essery   

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