A BOULEVARD of red poppies lining the entrance to Wendy Gordon's Calliope property will herald the theme of this year's Clarence Valley Country Muster.

Ms Gordon will host the third annual muster in October this year, based on the theme the Centenary of Anzac.

"I've planted around 100 metres of poppies so there should be a field of red by the time people start arriving," she said.

Ms Gordon has also arranged for 66 engraved horse shoes and bridles to be place along the boulevard commemorating the names of the men of the region who died in the First World War.

"I really felt that our heritage should be at the centre of this year's muster," she said. "So apart from weaving local history through the event, our World War One diggers will be a centre stage for the official opening."

Ms Gordon said the opening will also include some Light Horsemen, the Clydesdales, as well as some of the riders from the re-enactment of the Light Horsemen ride from Copmanhurst to Grafton.

"After the opening it will be over to the artists," Ms Gordon said.

"Acclaimed artist Peter J Hill will exhibit his equine and landscape works done on three continents, which have been drawing a following at their headquarters in the nearby former Ulmarra newsagency."

Other exhibitions will include local identity Kevin Watkins' lovingly restored collection of historic photos as well as local blacksmiths lighting up their forges to produce replicas of products that were in household use a century ago.

Getting a feed will also be a strictly local affair, with a theme of local produce behind the menu from the muster's canteen and the Cowbell Cafe. There will also be camp oven cooking where hearty stews and damper will figure on the menu.

The muster will also give local poets a chance to win some money, with a prize of $500 for verse about the Anzac tradition.

Ms Gordon said she hoped to attract 500 vans to this year's event after setting a new record with 350 last year. Anyone looking to book a site for the muster, to be held from October 26 to November 1, should book a site before June 30.

 

ARTISTS 

  •  Terry Gordon AOM
  •  Tyson Colman
  •  Clelia Adams
  •  Errol Gray
  •  Pete Smith
  •  Kross Kut Showband
  •  Dianne Coombes
  •  Dale Duncan
  •  Lindsay Waddington
  •  Suburban Country
  •  Peter Coad and the Coad Sisters
  •  Peter Capp
  •  Bec Hance
  •  Glenn Jones
  •  Ray Essery
  •  Pixie Jenkins
  •  Patti Morgan
  •  Runaway Dixie

Comperes Terry Gordon and Barry Williams will pull the show together.

The winner of the walk-up artist award will win a $2000 single recording package from Kross Kut Records.



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