Caitlyn Shadbolt and Grace Sleeman get ready to perform a duet.
Caitlyn Shadbolt and Grace Sleeman get ready to perform a duet. Renee Pilcher

Mustering up for party atmosphere

HUNDREDS mustered in Mary Street on Saturday to enjoy free entertainment and bargains, despite predictions other events would draw people out of town.

Stepping away from a traditional Thursday set-up, this year’s Pre-Muster Party was held on Saturday, catering to Music Muster patrons and giving working locals a chance to check out some great local entertainers. And it seems the event has set the bar high for next year’s Pre-Muster Party, with people already calling it the best ever.

City Cafe owner Irene Williams said there was a fantastic atmosphere at the event, which was the best she had ever seen.

“We were packed. Everyone stayed until the entertainment packed up,” she said.

Big Bargain Furnishers Salesman Andrew Tierney said he didn’t get the chance to see the entertainment as the store was too busy.

“We had a good day. It worked well with the street closed off,” he said.

An entertainment line-up that included award-winning local country/rock band Duke Wilde, jazz/blues musician Lee Turner and country music students kept people in the street until 1pm.

The Gympie Times general manager Andrew Smith said it was exciting to see so many people in Mary Street having fun, shopping and enjoying the entertainment.

“A big thank you to all those businesses that got behind the new Saturday format...and, of course, the entertainers and the public who made it all worthwhile,” he said.

“Other events – the Gympie Muster Races, Glenwood Swap Meet and Imbil Show – all had bumper crowds on what was truly a big weekend to launch Muster Week.”

Hungry party-goers gobbled up 400 sausages, donated by Gympie Meat Hall and cooked by The Gympie Times, sold to raise money for Gympie Special School. Feedback forms are available at The Gympie Times.

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