Top show mustered

By Country News

The 20th birthday of the Deni Ute Muster will be headlined by American country music star Carrie Underwood.

Held on the Friday and Saturday of Victoria’s AFL Grand Final long weekend, attendees to the muster will hear music from Kasey Chambers, Busby Marou, Troy Cassar-Daley, Thirsty Merc, Gord Bamford, Travis Collins, Fanny Lumsden, The Pigs, Amber Lawrence, Doug Bruce, The Tailgaters and Kirsty Lee Akers.

In its first year, the Deni Ute Muster attracted about 5000 patrons and set a new Guinness World Record for the greatest number of legally paraded utes at 2839 — a record which still stands today.

Since its inception, the muster has become the region’s biggest tourist drawcard and a celebration of all things Australian.

World champion sand sculptor Dennis Massoud — or the Sandman as he is more commonly known — will be sculpting two incredible pieces of birthday art across the weekend.

In the Deniliquin Freighters Sports Arena, the Australian Ride On Lawn Mower Racing Association will be setting the pace with its modified ride-on mowers reaching speeds up to 100km/h in the return of lawn mower racing.

There will also be fishing demonstrations at the Shimano Fishing Tank Show and, for the first time, musterers can head to the combat zone for a game of Laser Tag.

The fun and games don’t stop there.

The Decentralised Demountables Family Centre will be open from 9am each day with free children’s activities including face painting, bubble blowing and stilt walking.

■The Deni Ute Muster will be held on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29, at the Deniliquin Festival Site, Conargo Rd, Deniliquin, with gates open from 8am.

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