WELCOMING SMILE: Wendy Gordon at her property in Calliope, where tents and facilities are being set up to host the very first Clarence Valley Country Muster. PHOTO: JOJO NEWBY
WELCOMING SMILE: Wendy Gordon at her property in Calliope, where tents and facilities are being set up to host the very first Clarence Valley Country Muster. PHOTO: JOJO NEWBY

Flood of interest for muster

WENDY Gordon will have her boots on and her hat tipped as she welcomes visitors to her Calliope property next week.

The Clarence Valley Country Muster will be the biggest event held on Calliope soil since the local horse races in the 1800s.

The event is organised by Wendy and her family, and the idea to host a country music festival came about after a family dinner.

"As with all good things, we came up with this idea over a glass of wine," Mrs Gordon said.

Her property is on the Ulmarra floodplain, and the tough times faced by the community in past years prompted Wendy to give something back to the people around her.

"When the flood was on earlier this year, people were going past in their boats. They'd sing out and ask if we needed anything from town or if we needed a hand with this or that," Mrs Gordon said.

"I want to say thank you to the people who have welcomed me to the area, embraced the muster and are supporting us."

"It's the community's festival.

"As long as I see people having a good time and going away happy, that'll be enough for me."

Coaches will be running visitors to Grafton and back throughout the festival.

"We're working hand in hand with the Jacaranda Festival, so our visitors to the area can see the town looking superb," Mrs Gordon said. Headliners Ted Egan, Terry Gordon, the Kross Kutt Showband, Marge Graham and more than 20 other country stars will keep guests entertained from October 28-November 3.

With marquees and tents set up on her paddock, and more than 500 people expected to attend, Mrs Gordon said she was ready for the festival to begin.

"The muster is a bit like a flood, you go to bed one night knowing it's going to happen and then you wake up and it's there and it's real," she said.

"I hope it's a bit like a flood of people into the festival."



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