A mini concert is being held in the Deniliquin Waring Gardens this Thursday in the lead up to the Ute Muster this weekend.By Zoe McMaugh
The Deniliquin CBD will welcome the return of the pre-Ute Muster party this Thursday as the excitement of the annual event continues to build this week.
The Ute Muster committee is hosting a mini concert in the Waring Gardens, opposite the Pastoral Times office, at the corner of Cressy and Edwardes Sts starting from noon.
The line-up for the concert includes local solo artist Mick Gorham and local band Fallout, as well as 2013 Toyota Starmaker finalist Seleen McAlister from Queensland and Sydney country artist Ben Ransom.
The last time an official pre-muster celebration was held in the CBD was in 2006 when a free concert ran from 3pm to 8pm in the Waring Gardens.
Muster general manager Kathie Heyman said the committee had wanted to get the popular event going again.
She said it would help increase the muster spirit in the town and also boost the local economy.
‘‘It’s to encourage people camping at the site to come in to Deniliquin, spend some money and help with a little bit of economic development. It also brings a bit of cheer to the town.’’
Ms Heyman said local businesses had no hesitation in jumping on board with this year’s pre-muster activities, including decorating business windows and supporting the concert.
‘‘It has been a really good team effort,’’ she said.
Deniliquin Business Chamber executive officer Lisa Berges said the concert has benefits for both muster patrons and the local community.
‘‘We hope that by bringing a free concert to the town it will be a great attraction and entice them (muster goers) in to town.
‘‘These types of events which bring a lot of people into the community is a huge benefit, and we need to offer them a place to eat and drink and buy things.
‘‘The concert gives them that opportunity and it’s something we hope can go on the Deniliquin calendar each year.’’
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