Pre-muster party is back
THE Gympie Muster will get back to some basics this year, relaunching the Farmers Aid Appeal and the Pre-Muster Party in Mary St.
The Muster launch took place at last week's Gympie Show and a number of important initiatives were also announced which will benefit the local community and economy.
At the muster launch, general manager Jeff Chandler announced the re-launch of the Farmers Aid Appeal, a concept organisers hope will raise over $30,000 for its recipient, the Buy a Bale Campaign.
Queensland is again in the grip of drought which has been described as the worst drought ever. The aim is provide as many bales of hay as possible to farmers in drought stricken areas of Queensland and New South Wales with the funds generated from Buy a Bale.
Gympie Music Muster has a strong focus on community and fundraising and in the past 31 years has raised almost $14.7 million for organisations and charities, bringing benefits to local and regional communities.
The Muster also has a direct economic impact on the regional economy, of which more than $10 million will benefit the state of Queensland, and an estimated $4.6 million is delivered into the Gympie region alone; supporting local tourism, boosting employment and assisting local businesses.
To celebrate, the popular Pre-Muster Street Party is back and it will be held in Gympie the day before the festival - Wednesday, August 27.
The Pre-Muster Party has been in hiatus for the past few years and is being re-introduced by popular demand from the local community.
Australian Institute of Country Music students will entertain at the street party, and some of this year's Muster Talent Search entrants will be performing throughout the day.
Fans can also expect to see buskers, join song-writer sessions and catch performances from acts such as Pete Denahy, Adi Burgess and Stealing Lincoln, as well as celebrating other Australian musicians in the line-up.
New talent is expected to travel from all areas of the country and more than 50 emerging acts will be selected through online entries, for the New Kid in Town and Talent Search showcases which will take place across the four days.
This year is shaping up to be even more exciting for the Talent Search showcase, as for the first time ever; acts will perform on the Main Stage.
Heats will be held on the Saturday, with the grand finale taking place the next day.