Moonambel Muster 2017

For Our muster to come together a lot of work goes on behind the scenes that ensures the event is successful and fun for everyone.

The venue has to be booked and club invitations have to go out and there is a lot of work that needs to be done to get our sponsors on board to donate towards our always popular raffle. This is always a huge task and we were so very fortunate this year with the amazing generosity of our sponsors. I think everyone will agree that this year’s raffle prizes were amazing.

The lighting tower has to be hired and towed to Moonambel. Portable lighting is also needed along with a generator and numerous power leads. There is a huge task in making sure that every person who registers is on the list and accurate records need to kept on who has registered, paid/not paid. The fire wood is ordered and delivery arranged. Music has to be booked and our potato van also booked in advance. Massive thanks to Mick Riley who organised the event, including the raffle prizes and took all the bookings. It is a big job.

7 trips went out on Saturday ranging from easy, to easy/medium and hard. - Shez Tedford

This year, members of the committee arrived at the reserve on Thursday in readiness for the set up. On Friday morning, it was all hands-on deck (so to speak) as the setup of the event got under way. The mood amongst everyone was good, excited that this event was going to be good one. Bunting was strung along for the entrance gate and the tear drop banners were all put into place. The marques were all set up and all the raffle prizes were unloaded from the van and placed in the end room of the hall for display.

The entrance marquee was set up and all the paper work in order for those registering. The 6 tonnes of wood were delivered onto the oval and the jumping castle arrived around midday. (always a huge success). Big thanks to everyone who helped as it made the process so much quicker and easier and by lunch time all was in readiness for what would prove to be a very successful event. Big thank you to Renee and Tim who were extremely efficient helping me out at registration. Friday night the camp fires were blazing and friends were catching up and enjoying the camp fire atmosphere.

From around 1ish on Friday 4×4 enthusiasts began arriving. We had to be quick an On Saturday morning, all the trips were posted for the days 4×4 adventures. 7 trips went out on Saturday ranging from easy, to easy/medium and hard. All heading off in different parts of the Pyrenees for a day of adventure.

Warren and myself lead an easy/medium out over in the Landsborough region. We had 10 vehicles. We drove across a ridge line that gave some spectacular views over the Landsborough and Moonambel countryside. After lunch, the tracks became slightly more challenging but everyone in the group did really well and all enjoyed the day. No broken vehicles!

Saturday night our potato van was set up ready to feed the hungry campers. Simply yummy spuds. The camp fires again roared into life and everyone again settled in for another great social evening. Around 8oclock Saturday night our Irish music man Don entertained us with great music and some comedy as well. Quite a few people were up dancing and singing making for a fantastic night. On Sunday, the day started with our traditional pancake breakfast. Big thank you to those members organised the breakfast. The trips were posted up for Sundays day of 4wdriving.Again we had 7 separate trips go out which was great to see.

Throughout the weekend the children played happily on the jumping castle. This has proven to be very popular. On Sunday night, the raffle was drawn and all the amazing prizes were handed out. Congrats to everyone who managed to score a prize.

Again, fires were roaring and much laughter and talk were heard around the camp fires. Monday came and it was time to pack up and say goodbyes to old and new friends. All the feedback that I received was extremely positive from the weekend. This year we had 66 vehicles attend the event which was up on last year’s attendance. We were very lucky with the weather also, cool evenings but the days were pleasant. Thankyou mother nature.

Thankyou again to everyone who helped with the organisation, set up and of course to those who stayed back to help pack up all the gear. Bring on the 2018 Moonambel Muster.

Shez Tedford