23,000 patrons start arriving for 35th Gympie Muster
TENTS are pitched, camps are set, eskies are packed and about 23,000 festival patrons are ready for the Gympie Muster to open its gates and let the fun begin.
As thousands of visitors begin to stream into the Amamoor Creek festival site today and tomorrow the community excitement has begun to reach its peak in anticipation for the start of the Muster's 35th anniversary.
With a spot of rain to settle the dust today, good weather is forecast for the weekend, and a crowd of more than 23,000 patrons is expected to fill the site.
But today it is all about the Pre Muster Party in Gympie's town centre.
The Pre Muster Party is not to be missed for a taste of the community spirit that the magic of the Muster was founded on.
Featuring live music, street entertainment, markets and rides, the Pre Muster Party unites the community for a day of family fun to celebrate the festival's heritage roots.
With performances from Muster acts including Grant Luhrs, Gympie local Alice Benfer, guitar virtuoso Daniel Champagne and more local acts and buskers across the Gympie CBD's venues, restaurants and amidst the local growers market, the Pre Muster Party will see Gympie get all dressed up to prepare for the long awaited 35th Muster extravaganza.
To help us celebrate the community groups that volunteer at the Muster each year. Without them the Muster wouldn't be possible.
Mates, Music and Making a Difference is the Muster motto. Since its inception the Muster has worked to bring the community together to not only enjoy great music but also celebrate true mateship and charity spirit.
The Muster's past is decorated with charity successes which have year-by-year shown its dedication to making a difference in regional Australia.
This year is no exception with Mates4Mates being the official charity partner of the 35th event to support ex-defence force personnel requiring mental and physical rehabilitation support.
This charity effort would not be possible without the volunteer work of many local community groups. Every year community groups are united, rallying together as volunteers to make a difference in support of the Muster. One example of the incredible strength of this spirit is shown by Gympie Valleys Cricket Club Inc.
This year they have dedicated their sixth year of running the Blues and Roots Bar to long-serving volunteer Mick Bowyer, who lost his battle with cancer last year.
Mick's contribution to the Muster will not be forgotten, as family and mates remember his hard work ensuring the bar ran like clockwork last year even amidst his treatment.
Inviting everyone to have a drink on Mick's behalf, the Blues and Roots Bar remembers the incredible Australian he was, and celebrates Muster volunteers like Mick whose legacies proudly display the mateship and charity spirit of local community members.
A spokesman from the Gympie Valley Cricket Club Inc. shares that some of the club's favourite experiences of the Muster are all about communities it helps create, saying:
"Our most enjoyable moments and memories are working with an extremely friendly and supportive group of volunteers that come from all around the country to help raise funds for our club.”