After a three-year delay due to COVID restrictions and floods, the Wee Waa Cotton Capital Country Music Muster was back with a bang in 2023 thanks to its dedicated committee and helpers. 

The popular event attracted tourists, locals and Gunnedah fans were among those who travelled to the Wee Waa showground for a weekend of entertainment last month.

“We were very happy,” committee member Kay Gray said.

“We had lovely weather and more than 100 caravans turned up – they just kept coming. 

“We didn’t think we’d get 60 caravans, so it was very good.

“There were people who came from Tasmania and South Australia, and a good contingent from Gunnedah and Narrabri too. 

“We’d like to thank everyone who helped, the artists and everyone who attended. 

“Right from the word go it’s been about attracting people to town, to boost morale and we started it to bring new people into town when everyone was struggling with the drought in 2017. 

“A lot of the travellers want to help small towns.” 

Mrs Gray said there was a “happy and friendly atmosphere” at the event with many attendees thrilled to finally get to be part of the Muster weekend after previous cancellations. 

As well as a stellar line-up of music and artists including Travis Collins, the crowd loved the Wee Waa Lions Club’s cooking – enjoying the true bush experience of a camp oven dinner and a yarn with the local chefs. 

“The meals were great; everyone was happy and well fed,” said Mrs Gray.

 “People enjoyed sitting back and listening to music but we also had some dancers. 

“The walk-ups were great, there was a good line-up on Friday night. 

“And people said they’d be back next year, so that’s great.” 

Mrs Gray thanked the generous sponsors, her fellow committee members especially Dennis and Letitia Lowder and everyone who ‘gave a helping hand’ including her family. 

 “We dragged them into help too,” she said.  

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