Fabian Webb takes a look over the site in readiness for the Widgee Thornside Country Music Muster.
Fabian Webb takes a look over the site in readiness for the Widgee Thornside Country Music Muster. Tanya Easterby

First Muster moves impress

THE first campers and food vendors have arrived at Thornside, the site of the Widgee Thornside Country Music Muster, in readiness for a big weekend of country music.

Event spokeswoman Jennifer Murphy said things were falling into place for a great weekend of music in the country.

"The weather has been perfect with beautiful sunny days and cool mornings," Mrs Murphy said.

"The campers are very impressed with the setting and are enjoying the relaxed atmosphere as the club is busy preparing for the big event."

The Webb Thornside property at Widgee was the original home of the Muster more than 30 years ago.

The Muster crowd grew from the original 6000 to more than 20,000 in three years and had to be moved to a bigger venue in the Amamoor Creek State Forest.

Mrs Murphy said the weekend would kick off the fun on Tuesday night with the Moy Pocket Collective providing a show for the campers.

Wednesday night was a walk-up jam session and Anzac Night with a concert from Denise Morrison's Stagecoach Performance workshop.

"We had plenty of visitors to the site wanting to see where it is all going to happen and deciding if they want to return for all the fun," Mrs Murphy said.

"Most people were in awe of what they saw and said they would be back.

"Event enquiries have continued to flow in as the word spreads around the state."

The main show starts on Friday with Tony Perrett opening Thornside at 3.45pm and Graeme Jensen the first act at 4pm. The first night will wind up with country star Travis Collins closing the show.

Campers can get up early Saturday morning with the traditional bush poet's breakfast.

Mrs Murphy said entries were still open for the talent quest and urged any young up and coming country talents to enter.

It starts at 5pm Friday on the second stage.

Competitors can enter by contacting Sam Burgess on 5482 7314 or 0403 059 588.

The Webb Brothers, along with the Widgee Country Music Club have been working hard to complete the event arena ready for the great line-up of talent over the weekend.

If anyone is after further information about the Widgee Thornside Country Music Muster including mud maps on how to get here, it can be found on the Widgee Country Music Muster website or by phoning 5484 0239, 5484 0058, 5484 0172.

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