Chris Helmore is back at the Muster despite having a heart attack at the 2008 event.
Chris Helmore is back at the Muster despite having a heart attack at the 2008 event. Craig Warhurst

Campers ready for top Muster

EVEN a heart attack won’t keep Chris Helmore away from the Optus Muster.

Mr Helmore is back camping in the Amamoor Creek State Forest, ready for his third muster, and says he didn’t think he would ever be back at the event.

At his first Muster in 2008 the rain poured down and flooded the muster site, keeping artists and thousands of patrons away from the event.

But while rain was bucketing down, filling creeks in the forest and gradually swamping hundreds of campsites, Mr Helmore had a heart attack while bunkering down in his van with his wife.

“I was very sick. I said to my wife, ‘get me out of here before I die’,” Mr Helmore said.

Luckily for Mr Helmore, he got help and survived the ordeal, and is back this year to take in some of the country’s best music.

“It’s our fifth week here. We thought we would get an early start,” he said.

Like many other campers already at the muster, Mr Helmore said it was not just the music that attracted him to the event.

He said there was so many wonderful people at the Muster it was it hard not to come back year after year.

Gympie Apex Muster Chairman Carl Green said this year was looking to be one of the biggest musters on record.

He said ticket sales had already surpassed the same time last year and that there was a real buzz about this year’s event.

Light rain at the site yesterday helped control some of the dust, and Mr Green said another couple of inches before the event would make conditions perfect for a bumper muster.

Gympie Times


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