The 15th annual Deniliquin Ute Muster will begin today.By Cass Savellis
A predicted crowd of more than 21,000 Ute Muster patrons will enjoy a sunny weekend on the Conargo plains for one of the most anticipated festivals in the event’s remarkable history.
Deniliquin was brimming with festivity yesterday in readiness for the 15th anniversary Ute Muster, with the Conargo Rd gates opening at 6am this morning for the action-packed two-day Play on the Plains.
Judging by the amount of utes that had already taken over Deniliquin’s CBD yesterday afternoon, many locals were predicting a record-breaking event.
Muster general manager Kathie Heyman said the committee was optimistic about the chances of setting two new World Records.
Ms Heyman said tickets were ‘‘97 per cent sold out’’ when the Pastoral Times went to print.
‘‘There’s a huge chance of beating the blue singlet count and ute count and we’re encouraging everyone to be a part of them,’’ she said.
‘‘We have an absolute superstar in Alan Jackson coming to Deni and that’s special in its own right too.’’
Despite the wet and windy conditions earlier in the week, most of the water had already drained from the festival site by yesterday afternoon.
Wind speeds of 63km/h were recorded on Tuesday, with 9mm of rain falling for the start of October, but Ms Heyman said preparations for this weekend had continued as planned.
‘‘The site’s beautiful and the weather has actually been really good for it,’’ she said.
‘‘The rain has helped with the grass, and the wind has helped dry up any excess rain .
‘‘Site preparation is going along great. There are 850 volunteers this year and if it wasn’t for every one of them this event wouldn’t be.
‘‘On top of that there’s over 2000 other people that get involved including local businesses.
‘‘The Ute Muster also gives back to the community three-fold and we’re looking forward to building on the success of the event.’’
Daytime temperatures for the muster are predicted to be pleasant, but the nights are expected to be cool.
The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts a top of 22°C today, although campers may feel the chill with a low of 2°C overnight. Tomorrow is set to be warmer with a sunny 28°C forecasted.
Those keen campers who have braved the rain and wind earlier in the week will surely be glad to see some sunshine and clear skies for the event.
Artist Nici Cumpston will hold a free Artist Talk at Shepparton Art Museum tonight, speaking about her body of work based around the Shepparton region.
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It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
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On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
A group of volunteers have worked to revitalise the Cobram motorcross track to improve safety and attract new members to the club.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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