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Muster been a great festival, but it’s over

BLOSSOMING: Country music artist Terry Gordon played at the Clarence Valley Country Muster. Terry recorded When The Jacaranda Blooms, inspired by a previous stop-over in Grafton. PHOTO: JOJO NEWBY
BLOSSOMING: Country music artist Terry Gordon played at the Clarence Valley Country Muster. Terry recorded When The Jacaranda Blooms, inspired by a previous stop-over in Grafton. PHOTO: JOJO NEWBY

WENDY Gordon is suffering from empty nest syndrome.

Her property at Calliope was the playing ground for the inaugural Clarence Valley Country Muster last week.

The last of the caravans have rolled out, the festival tentage has been pulled down and the guitars have been packed away.

The event has come to an end, but co-organiser Wendy Gordon is already planning for next year's muster, and she's hoping for even bigger and better.

"The amount of people that have already said they're coming back is incredible," she said.

About 500 people attended the muster, and Mrs Gordon said businesses in Ulmarra had noted an increase in trade as a direct result.

"There were 115 caravans here through the week," Mrs Gordon said.

"It's honestly hard to comprehend... I had no expectation of numbers until they started rolling in."

She dubbed the event as a "community festival", and said she was pleased to be giving back to her community.

"It's the people's muster," she said.

"There are no words to describe it... It was wonderful."

The muster will be held at the same time next year, again to coincide with the Jacaranda Festival.

Topics:  jacaranda festival 2013



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