John Whitley and Nigel Squibb share a love of country music, and are excited to announce the all new Maidenwell Country Muster.
John Whitley and Nigel Squibb share a love of country music, and are excited to announce the all new Maidenwell Country Muster. Christian Berechree

Mustering on from the Tamworth Country Music Festival

THE organisers of the Maidenwell Country Muster had a valuable trip to Tamworth's Country Music Festival.

Not only was it a great opportunity to have some fun, but muster creators John Whitley and Nigel Squibb could also advertise their new country muster, set for May 11 and 12.

"Money can't buy what we achieved on our Tamworth trip, and now everybody knows where Maidenwell is,” Mr Squibb said.

"We even got up on stage to announce the muster, which was really good for our exposure.”

Mr Whitley also explained how Tamworth helped them both plan for next year, too.

"Creating a muster is a long-term process, so you have to plan in advance. That's actually one of the reasons why we went to Tamworth this year, to book and see artists for next year,” he said.

"By the time we left, people were actually coming to us. On the last night we were there, we ended up getting about four CDs from artists who were saying they'd love to play at our muster.”

Both Mr Whitley and Mr Squibb are passionate about country music, but that's not the only reason why they're creating the Maidenwell Country Muster.

"Coming from regional areas in both our upbringings, we see the South Burnett for what it is, which is a place with a good heart and soul,” Mr Squibb said.

"This muster is a way to bring people in and let everyone know that we live in a pretty awesome place. We want people come out to experience it.”

The muster will be situated behind the recreation grounds, with free camping available.

"We can't take bookings for the actual recreation grounds, but there's free camping for the first 250 vans on site,” Mr Squibb said.

As the date is creeping up, people interested in attending are encouraged to sort out their accommodation as soon as possible.