Good crowds, music contribute to record Muster success
MUSTER organisers could not have asked for better weather for the 2013 festival, despite some chilly nights and freezing mornings.
Figures were still being tallied yesterday but Apex Muster committee chairman Chris Anderson said the numbers were on track for a record success.
Certainly the campsites this year extended further than many could recall, and with 10 venues and eight different bars to choose from, overcrowding was never a problem.
The water trucks had a full-time job trying to keep the dust at bay, and mobile phone and internet service proved a challenge for the Telstra tower once the number of patrons and demand escalated on Friday and Saturday.
But stunning winter days, good crowd behaviour and a huge variety of music options ensured everybody enjoyed themselves.
The Muster's growth over the past 30 years has enabled the entertainment line-up to diversify into a mix of musical and entertainment genres - such as folk, bluegrass, balladeers, gospel and blues - while still maintaining strong country roots.
A special function for sponsors on Saturday afternoon heard The Ukes perform a song about the Muster - Beer Days and Rum Nights. They also heard how the Muster had so far generated $14.5 million for charity.
More than 50 community groups and 2000 volunteers helped at this year's event.