Nollsie supports Brenda
Aussie singing icon Shannon Noll showed his support for local charity Channel 4 Change while at the Deni Ute Muster.
Charity founder Brenda Norman was given the chance to meet Nollsie backstage at the Muster before he performed, after he asked to meet her.
Miss Norman said he showed a real interest in the cause, which aims to raise funds and awareness for youth mental health.
‘‘I left some posters in the backstage area and he had read one,’’ she said.
‘‘He wanted to meet me and really liked the idea.
‘‘Being a country boy himself he thought it was a fantastic cause and felt that it was definitely something that needed more awareness in rural areas.’’
Channel 4 Change had a stall set-up out at the Muster with a dunk tank, coin toss challenge and merchandise which was quite successful.
‘‘I haven’t counted how much we raised but we had a lot of people get involved,’’ she said.
‘‘Many muster-goers talked to us about mental health so it was a huge success with raising awareness.’’
Parents-to-be Beth Walters and Adam Yari saw the Deni Ute Muster as the perfect opportunity to find out the gender of their baby.
The results from an earlier ultrasound were entrusted with a pair of friends, and they creatively used a ute to reveal the results to the couple and a few of their friends.
They gathered at the front gate while the ute’s front exhaust pipes were filled with coloured chalk.
One rev of the engine revealed plumes of blue powder.
‘‘We had the ultrasound and gave the envelope with the gender to our friends before the Muster,’’ Beth said.
‘‘We chose the Muster to reveal the gender because all of our friends go each year and it was the best way to have us all together.
‘‘Some of them come from all over the place and have been coming for about four or five years.
‘‘The gender didn’t matter too much to us, so we’re pretty happy with a boy.’’
Scott gets involved
Scott Coventry from Border- town, South Australia, has been coming to the Deni Ute Muster since 2010, but 2017 will be the one he remembers most.
During the World Record Blue Singlet count, a technical issue meant the microphone being used by compere and singer Pete Denahy failed.
Scott, who was dressed in a minion onesie, became the hero by offering his megaphone, throwing it to Denahy on the main stage.
‘‘Who would’ve thought that spending $25 at Target in Deni would pay off,’’ he said with a laugh.
‘‘When my mate and I were in Target our wives were both telling us not to buy them.
‘‘It’s fair to say that my ‘waste of money’ wasn’t so wasteful.’’
On the wagon
Melbourne musterer Jason Black was turning heads at the Deni Ute Muster as he walked around the site with his children in tow.
Jason saved his daughter Laney and son Jaxon the hassle of walking around the big Muster site by towing them in John Deere wagons.
‘‘I’ve been coming to the Muster for 15 years and the way we went about it changed when we had Jaxon,’’ he said.
‘‘We bought the wagon for him at a toy shop in Melbourne and it’s made things a lot easier than pushing a pram around.
‘‘My partner was pregnant with Laney while we were at the Muster a couple of years ago and they were selling the wagons out here so we bought one in preparation and connected them.’’
Billy’s first singlet muster
They say the Ute Muster is a party for all ages, and Billy Duggan would have been one of the youngest there.
The 13 week-old is the son of Deniliquin Ute Muster official photographer Zowie Crump and Todd Duggan.
Little Billy and his dad donned their blue singlets for the world record singlet count attempt on Saturday, while Zowie snapped away.
And while the 1,941 musterers wearing blue singlets was well short of the 3,959 record, the group was still large enough that Zowie could not pick her little man out of the crowd.
Luckily, she had plenty of other opportunities to capture her son’s first Muster.
Nollsie’s pub trip
A Saturday night at the pub proves to be a popular pastime, even for celebrities.
After performing at the Deniliquin Ute Muster on Saturday night, Australian country music icon Shannon Noll headed to the Exchange Hotel in Deniliquin’s End St for a cold drink or two.
Business co-owner Neisha Prendergast described the musician, who is known affec- tionately as Nollsie, as ‘‘down to earth’’.
‘‘Shannon popped in with the band, signed some autographs and took lots of ‘selfies’ — he was great with the crowd and offered a lot of his time,’’ she said.
‘‘He was very friendly, and he was more than happy to have a chat with everyone.’’
Nollsie performed twice at the festival, including at the AFL Grand Final half-time break, cementing his status as a proven Muster crowd favourite.
Filming for ‘Morning’
The best of the Deni Ute Muster is expected to be broadcast to a national audience after Network Seven’s The Morning Show was spotted filming at the event.
The show’s co-host Larry Emdur tried his hand at the wood chop demonstrations at the festival arena on Friday afternoon, and a crowd watched by closely as the Seven Network camera crew filmed the display.
A cautious Larry confirmed his nerves with the crowd afterwards, saying ‘‘I still have 10 toes!’’.
The Morning Show footage will be broadcast over the next three or four days, according to the Muster’s media representative Rina Ferris.
The iconic Australian festival often makes appearances on Australian television, with Nine Network’s Today Show broadcasting live from the event in 2016.
There was a distinct The Nationals flavour at the Deniliquin Ute Muster this year, with a number of the party’s state politicians enjoying their first ever taste of the iconic festival.
Here to announce NSW Government funding for permanent infrastructure at the muster site was NSW Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals John Barilaro.
He was accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary for the Deputy Premier and Southern NSW Bronnie Taylor and Upper House member Wes Fang.
Also enjoying his first ever muster was The Nationals candidate for Murray Austin Evans.
It’s amazing what an election will do to get politicians out of Sydney.
Showing them the ropes was retired Member for Murray Adrian Piccoli.
Jason Black with his children Laney and Jaxon in tow.
Todd Duggan prepares his son Billy for his first singlet muster. Photo courtesy Zowie Crump.
Adam Yari and Beth Walters look on as the gender of their baby is revealed.