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Showgrounds Packed Again For Muster

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Some of the large crowd soaking up the spring sun in front of the Muster stage on Saturday afternoon

September 13, 2018

More than 740 caravans and campervans packed out the Nanango Showgrounds at the weekend for the 16th annual Heritage Nanango Country Muster.

The four-day muster, which features traditional Australian country music plus bush poetry, is always held on the second weekend in September . . . and always attracts a loyal following of music lovers.

It kicks off on the Thursday (although vans always start arriving earlier) and is officially opened on the Friday.

But Saturday is the big day, with crowds filling the grassed area in front of the stage as well as the covered area near the canteen.

This year the Muster was competing with a plethora of local events, but organisers said the numbers weren’t down at all.

Thirteen invited artists took turns on the stage, as well as walk-up acts.

The roster included Tom Maxwell, Mary-Ann Benz, the Gottani Sisters, Wayne Horsburgh, Jeff Brown, Terry Gordan, Glenn Jones, Peter Pratt, Graham Rodger, Brian Letton, Justin Standley, Bev Branson and the South Burnett’s own Dean Perrett.

They were joined by bush poets Gary Fogarty, Ray Essery and Carol Heuchan.

A highlight for music fans is always the opportunity to chat with the singers, and buy copies of their CDs, in a special area set aside just for that purpose.

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