STAR POWER: Country musician Sara Storer helped to make 100 farming family guests feel welcome at the Muster.
STAR POWER: Country musician Sara Storer helped to make 100 farming family guests feel welcome at the Muster. Contributed

Storer stars for farmer friends of the Muster

DROUGHT-stricken Queensland farmers, particularly in the South Burnett region, will know they have friends after the success of the Gympie Music Muster.

Sara Storer is one of those friends.

The country star was waiting to greet and sing for the 100 South Burnett farmers invited to the Muster as guests of the event.

The Buy a Bale campaign was named this year's Muster charity and organisers decided to give farming families another psychological boost.

While there, farmers would have seen Muster attendees donat thousands of dollars to the campaign, in support of farmers for whom pasture is little more than a memory.

Muster Apex chairman Wayne Dean was delighted.

"One fellow flew over from Albany, I think, in Western Australia and stayed at Banjos (the Muster tent motel)," Mr Dean said.

"He had to get home and he left his wallet with his flight details in it," he said.

"He called us and said he needed the information to catch his plane.

"He said there was some money there and we could give it to Buy a Bale.

"People were wandering up and handing over fifties and hundreds and I thought, 'Are you kidding me?'.

"Our overall attendance figures would be in the 45,000 to 50,000 range, including 800 artists, including musicians.

"It's a big event." .

Mr Dean said his Apex Muster Board was in charge of the hands-on operations, while another body, the Muster Board ran the strategic side.

Muster Board chairman Jonathan Weller said he had received good feedback from sponsors, supports, artists and community groups.

"Attendees said it was back to what it used to be," Mr Weller said.

"It was all good from the comments I heard," he said.

"The really good news for Gympie is that the Muster is back on track."