The Deniliquin Ute Muster promised a ‘party on the plains’ at this year’s event, and it delivered.
Thousands of muster lovers and their utes arrived early and were led into the famous Ute Paddock and other camping areas on Thursday.
Featuring performances by some of the nation’s best country music artists — including country royalty Lee Kernaghan and Aussie idol Shannon Noll — the two-day event was a true-blue reflection of rural Australia, with plenty of action for the whole family.
The weather favoured muster fans this year, with mostly sunny conditions over the weekend.
This was in stark contrast to last year, where heavy rains throughout September left the site a muddy mess and resulted in cancellation of some activities, including the world record counts.
Father and son Stephen and Trent Cowland from Shepparton were at the muster for their fourth year in a row.
‘‘We just love the atmosphere,’’ Stephen said.
‘‘It’s always a good time at the muster and it hasn’t disappointed this year.’’
Both Stephen and Trent were most excited to see Lee Kernaghan, with the country music icon once again putting on a stellar show for muster goers.
‘‘Lee Kernaghan is the absolute best,’’ Stephen said. ‘‘I’ve seen him plenty of times and he always puts on a good show.’’