Promoter of the new Clarence Valley Country Muster Wendy Gordon on her property where the Muster will be held at Calliope.
Promoter of the new Clarence Valley Country Muster Wendy Gordon on her property where the Muster will be held at Calliope. Adam Hourigan

True blue country music lovers are in for a double treat

TRUE blue country music lovers are in for a double treat this year with the return of the Grafton Fair Dinkum Country Music Round-Up in July and the launch of a new festival - the Clarence Valley Muster in November.

Showcasing the best of Australian country music talent, both events are promising to bring in tourist dollars for local businesses.

Receiving the green light from Clarence Valley Council on Monday, the Clarence Valley Muster will run over three days during Jacaranda from November 1 to 3.

Wendy Gordon, one of four organisers behind the new festival to be held on her 25-acre property near Ulmarra, says the idea has been almost three years in the making.

"We've already had very good indication of support from the community and we think this will be very good for the Valley as a whole, helping to promote the area, especially to the grey nomads," Ms Gordon said.

"After a pretty tough year, Grafton and the region really needs something like this to celebrate."

Meanwhile the Grafton Country Music Round-Up has been moved forward and will run from July 29 to August 4 at a new venue.

"This year the festival will be held at the dog track. I think the acoustics will be better and there will be plenty of sites available for vans," he said, adding if the demand was there, additional campers could be accommodated at the showgrounds or racetrack.

"The first year we had 32 vans and last year there were 80. If we can bring in 100 this year I'll be more than happy."

Mr Vickers said he welcomed the announcement of a new country music event for the region, saying there was more than enough interest for both.

"The more we can promote country music the better," said Mr Vickers.

"I hope the new festival goes well."



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