First to grab a seat in front of Main Stage was Gail Johnson from Ridgewood. Gail couldn’t wait for the top line-up of country talent to get underway.
First to grab a seat in front of Main Stage was Gail Johnson from Ridgewood. Gail couldn’t wait for the top line-up of country talent to get underway. Craig Warhurst

Fans flock to festival

VOLUNTEERS were busy putting the final touches on Thornside for the return of country music at the historic venue yesterday.

Tents and stalls were popping up all around the natural amphitheatre while technicians checked the sound on the main stage.

All the while a steady stream of campers were making their way to Widgee.

It was reminiscent of scenes more than 30 years ago, when the Webb Brothers hosted the first-ever Country Music Muster on the site, before it was moved to Amamoor State Forest.

Yesterday lunchtime, organisers said there were more than 100 caravans all ready set up in the free campgrounds.

At that time they estimated about 500 people were at the venue waiting for the opening in the afternoon.

The big rush was expected to hit Widgee last night as campers from all around the region arrived to take in the top line-up of country music.

Last night, country star Travis Collins closed the show after a heartfelt opening by Theebine country star Graeme Jensen.

Today the action is back on again with a host of country talent including Tania Kernaghan, Jade Hurley, Marcus Meier and the Webb Brothers.

Also, pig racing will thrill the crowds today.

One camper who couldn't wait for the action to start was Wally Sanderson from Currimundi.

Mr Sanderson said he wanted to come back because he had been to Thornside for the second and third Muster.

"It is great to be back and help out a great cause," Mr Sanderson said.

He was also looking forward to the big line-up on Sunday when Graeme Connors would close the show.

All money raised from the event will go to local community groups and to the flood appeal.

To get to the event just drive to Widgee and follow the signs to Thornside.

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