Nollsie sup­ports Brenda

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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.’’

Muster re­veal

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.

Na­tion­als flavour

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.

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