Muster veteran Dean Perrett took to the stage on Saturday afternoon.
Muster veteran Dean Perrett took to the stage on Saturday afternoon. Tessa Mapstone

Crowd muster had a ripper time

THE Nanango Country Music Muster was so popular with caravanners that some booked a spot for the 2015 event before they left.

Nanango Show Society president Les Schloss said the event recorded some of its best visitor numbers in its 12-year history.

"All in all it was excellent. There's a lot already booked for next year," Mr Schloss said.

About 772 caravans and a larger than usual walk-in crowd descended on the showgrounds to enjoy the laid-back weekend.

Veteran muster performer Dean Perrett said the event was always successful because it offered an entertaining but relaxing weekend.

"Things like the Gympie Muster are a big melting pot of blues and country and everything in between," Mr Perrett said.

"This is laid-back, and that's what the people here like."

This year celebrated the uniquely Australian genre of country called bush ballads.

"Bush ballads are nice and straightforward music that has a good story to it," Mr Perrett said.

Performers paid tribute to bush ballad pioneer Buddy Williams, who along with Slim Dusty popularised the genre.

Carrying on the tradition of bush ballads were a number of young performers putting their own take on it.

Trevor Tolton, 22, from Brisbane, said he got into Australian country music to discover something different.

"I didn't want to listen to what everyone else was listening to," he said.

He first performed at the muster in 2011.

"I really like the whole crowd and all the people."