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Cole and Kernaghan have the Gympie Muster roaring

YEE HAH: Renae Nawrocki, Kara Reynolds, Justiss Heard, Amber Pickering and Heidi Jones get into the spirit of the Muster yesterday.
YEE HAH: Renae Nawrocki, Kara Reynolds, Justiss Heard, Amber Pickering and Heidi Jones get into the spirit of the Muster yesterday. Renee Pilcher

AUSTRALIAN country music legends Beccy Cole and Lee Kernaghan had the Gympie Muster crowd roaring its approval on Main Stage last night as the music festival shifted into gear.

There was barely a patch of grass visible on The Hill as the Muster faithful from all walks of life sang along to their favourite songs.

The Muster continued to build on a successful opening day Thursday, led by the visit of Gympie Top 10 X Factor contestant Caitlyn Shadbolt.

Caitlyn signed autographs, spoke with fans and even made a live cross with Sunrise to sing the praises of the Muster.

MAGIC: The Muster Main Stage on Thursday night went off.
MAGIC: The Muster Main Stage on Thursday night went off. Craig Warhurst

On Thursday night, Muster campers enjoyed the sounds of Jayne Denham and Jon English on Main Stage while a host of other acts rocked the other eight venues on offer.

But it is not just music on the Muster schedule this year.

Line dancing, a Muster Ukes Workshop and plenty of socialising over a cold beer or three ensure the Muster retains is reputation for one of the country's friendliest festivals.

Muster program manager Jeff Chandler is a busy man this weekend but took the time to soak up the event's early success.

CROWD FAVOURITE: Jon English on Main Stage on Thursday night and (below) fans roll in to the Muster yesterday.PHOTOS: RENEE PILCHER/CRAIG WARHURST
CROWD FAVOURITE: Jon English on Main Stage on Thursday night and (below) fans roll in to the Muster yesterday.PHOTOS: RENEE PILCHER/CRAIG WARHURST Craig Warhurst

He said numbers looked good this year and the Muster's debut on Thursday was an affirmation of everything the event was about.

"A lot of festivals are all about the music, and we have that; we have some of the best artists in Australia doing incredible performances over four days," he said.

"Fans love it because they can come out to this beautiful venue and experience a great atmosphere with like-minded people.

"That's why some of them set up their tents over a month ago."

Charity is also the backbone of the Muster and today, nearly 100 drought-affected farmers from the South Burnett will get a hard-earned day off from hardships on the farm.

The Muster has teamed up with official charity partner, Buy a Bale, to transport the farmers to the festival for a day of music, laughs and good times.

Many of the farmers haven't had a day off in years, so free tickets and a chance to relax is the next best thing after widespread drought-breaking rain.

The action continues today with Kasey Chambers rounding out the program on Main Stage from 9pm.

Get your copy of The Gympie Times' $2 Muster Souvenir out tomorrow.

Gympie Times

Topics:  beccy cole, gympie muster 2014, lee kernaghan



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