What a weekend! They came, they danced, they camped and they partied as the iconic Deni Ute Muster celebrated its coming of age with international superstar Tim McGraw closing the weekend in real country style.
The original celebration of modern rural life, the ute and country music attracted well over 20,000 fans from across the country to the normally quiet Riverina town and they partied like it was everyone’s 21st.
Kicking off the Friday night’s music menu was the aptly named Mustered Courage followed by Aleyce Simmonds making her Muster debut. The singalongs continued well into the night with John Williamson raising voices and hats around the arena with his musical tales of Australia, followed by Mr Daddy Cool, Ross Wilson, Beccy Cole and Lee Kernaghan who had the crowd begging for more.
Saturday saw the heat turn down a notch and some much needed spurts of rain but nothing could dampen our Musterer’s spirits and the crowd turned out in force for the World Record Blue Singlet Count helping make a new record with 3,972 attendees participating in the Count.
The Deni Ute Muster holds another World Record title with the greatest number of utility vehicles gathered in the one place. The organisers counted in excess of 8,591 utes around the ground this year.
Once the sun started to set the music turned back up to eleven with Ben Ransom and the ever popular Adam Harvey starting the ball rolling on the main stages. Next up were Round Mountain Girls, Travis Collins, Sunny Cowgirls with Tim McGraw sealing the night with a bang and a career spanning setlist including new material (Hallelujaville and Good Taste in Women) and a cover of the Elton John classic, Tiny Dancer, with 20,000+ attendees on backing vocals.
Both days provided plenty of dusty petrol fueled action on the Sports Arena with the GME National Championships Circlework, Barrel Races and Go To Wo keeping the crowds roaring while the Show ‘n Shine hosted over 40 entrants with modified and restored utes.
Winners of all events will be announced on the Deni Ute Muster’s Facebook page in the coming days.
The Deni Ute Muster is an all Aussie extravaganza celebrating contemporary Australian rural life where the ute is king, including wood chopping and whip cracking demonstrations, the Bull Ride Spectacular, Brophy Bros Circus, Peter Hodge Camel Rides, Pig Races, the Real Dinosaur show, Camp Oven Cooking demonstrations, the Australian Ride on Lawn Mower Racing Association’s Lawn Mower Races and the Berkley Super Tank.
This year’s CAT Tradie Challenge involved four teams building seating shelters that will shade the Muster site for years to come. The winning team, ABR Concrete & Carpeting, walked away with a cool $2,000 cash, the runner up scored $1,000, with both other teams receiving $500 each.
The Muster introduced Bogan Bingo for the first time, thanks to this year’s charity partner Can Assist, with over $10,000 raised through gold coin donations across the weekend.
Deni Ute Muster General Manager, Vicky Lowry, said “2019 will be remembered as the year of Tim McGraw and the sell-out crowd who joined us to celebrate 21 years – Thank you to our new and returning patrons! Our community, sponsors, staff and their families, volunteers, contractors, entertainment and emergency services are all a huge part of the success of the Deni Ute Muster and need to be congratulated and thanked. We look forward to seeing you again in 2020 to catch up with friends and make more Muster memories”
The 2019 Deni Ute Muster was proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
Main Stages: Mustered Courage, Aleyce Simmonds, John Williamson, Ross Wilson, Beccy Cole and Lee Kernaghan
Day Stage: Poets, Wild Action Show, Heidi Moncrieff Music, Great Aunt, Jody Direen, Georgia State Line, Cornell & Carr and The Mason Boys.
Main Stages: Ben Ransom, Adam Harvey, Round Mountain Girls, Travis Collins, Sunny Cowgirls and Tim McGraw
Day Stage: Poets, Wild Action Show, Chloe Styler Band, Aaron Jurd, Whistle Dixie Band, Pete Denahy Band, Blake O’Connor and Gareth Leach