Quorn’s annual Country Music Muster bought with it success, and akubra hats, from all over Australia for the fourth straight year.
Local country music lovers were joined by performers and event-goers from as far as Mildura, Perth and Kempsey for the four day event.
The Muster began on Thursday with a walk-up at the Quorn Bowling Club and continued into Friday with artists busking in local Cafes.
These were both appetisers for the main stage event on Saturday night at the Quorn Racecourse.
Artists were invited to perform on Datgaw Services famous ‘Semi Stage’ for a crowd of over 100 country music enthusiasts.
Rounding out the event on Sunday, selected artists performed in carriages aboard the Pichi Richi Steam Train before winding down with an afternoon campfire and sing-a-long.
Des Hartmann organised the event with his wife Sonja and reported very positive feedback from all involved.
“We packed out the bowls club on Thursday night and we had to turn people away from that, the train had to have extra carriages to cater for the influx of people that wanted to go on it, and the racing committee were very happy with the way it went out there on the Saturday,” he explained.
“We had people come all the way up from Newcastle and places like that just to see the show.
“They were all very impressed and they said they were all coming back next year with their friends.”
A highlight for Hartmann and many others in attendance was a special performance by recording artist John Lecner.
Lecner performed a special pre-recorded song for one of Sonja’s friends who has been diagnosed with cancer.
The main stage event venue was supplied by the Quorn Racing Club, but Hartmann insists the Muster comes together thanks to a whole town effort.
“It brings a lot of people into the area and they spend their money in the shops,” he said.
“Various businesses around town pitch in for things like cheaper fuel for the artists, because we don’t pay for artists to come here and they come from Australia wide.
“All the hotels have been very good, Carling Fuels, the IGA, the newsagency, the cafes and virtually the whole town.”