With Deniliquin’s agricultural and farming roots and the magnificent Riverina plains nearby, the UTE and the PLAINS were chosen as themes for a Festival for people of all ages. The Deni Play on the Plains Festival was conceived in October 1999 – a festival to be held on the flattest, natural, open plains on earth, with “Ute culture” being an intrinsic part of Deniliquin. It was unanimous that it would play a major part of the festival and hence the Deni Ute Muster burst into the national psyche.
Deniliquin lay claim to the title of Ute Capital of the World after the very first event, and erected a Ute on the Pole in celebration of the Festival’s success. The next year a fabulous vintage Ute was stunningly mosaicked. Both these attractions, along with the famous Deni Ute Muster Entrance gates, are a must for “selfie” loving tourists.
Today, the event annually attracts approx. 20,000 people of all ages to celebrate all things laconically Australian and the icon of the Ute. The Festival has amazing community support with more than 1,000 volunteers mobilising each year to help put on the event; and after each event, close to $100,000 is donated back to community groups.
The Festival produces an iconic diamond sticker to celebrate each event.
The sticker represents Utes travelling to Deniliquin, a limited number of stickers are printed each year making them collector’s items.
These diamond stickers can only be put on Utes – they must not be stuck to sedans, trailers, vans, or motorhomes! And they are only available to Festival patrons when they drive their Ute through the gates.
The sticker changes colour each year. The original yellow stickers can still be seen on vehicles around Australia despite being 19 years old!
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Our program provides entertainment for patrons of all ages including over 24 hours of live music during the event, free children’s activities, carnival rides, Ute driving competitions, Bull Ride spectacular and interactive competitions.
We can’t wait to bring back Lawn Mower Racing after a 4-year break! The Australian Ride on Lawn Mower Racing Association will be sure to keep the crowds entertained with their modified ride on mowers which can reach speeds of up to 100kmph
Wild Action isn’t a ‘petting-zoo’…far from it! They are Australia’s leading wildlife education Zoo. Their educational ethos is simple, “How can we save something, if we don’t understand it or love it?” Their shows and ‘animal activations’ are hands-on, engaging and informative. There will be an unbeatable array of wildlife, suitable for all ages in attendance at this year’s Muster.
World Champion Sand Sculpture Dennis Massoud or Sandman as he is more commonly known will be joining us over the weekend to sculpt two incredible pieces of art. Dennis has traveled all over the world 9 times creating masterpieces.
You will be left breathless by the spectacular Brophy Bros Circus! The Big Top will feature performing dogs, ponies, whip cracking, unicyclists, plate spinning and of course the notorious clowns. The circus will be performing 5 times a day so don’t miss out.
Who doesn’t love a jumping castle, well this one is isn’t just any jumping castle, it’s AUSTRALIAS LARGEST JUMPING CASTLE. Not just for the kids, adults are encouraged to have a bounce also.
The Eliminator is an all new inflatable which to describe in short, has a pole that spins around you must jump or risk being knocked to the ground. This is sure to test your coordination!
Experience the thrill of riding the ship of the desert over the iconic Deni Ute Muster plains.
The perfect experience for the whole family
The all new Shimano Fishing Tank Show which will be hosted by nationally known fishing presenter and enthusiast, Dave “Mossy” Moss. With his vast knowledge and enthusiasm for fishing, Mossy will keep the audience enthralled with his highly entertaining show that will be sure to excite both kids and adults alike!
We are proud to be hosting the AWPA NSW Whipcracking Championships again at the Deni Ute Muster. We are lucky enough to have the best whipcrackers in the country competing, creating quite a show for spectators.
Come and see the axes fly at the Wood Chop Demonstrations. There will be a wide range of cutters including juniors, pro’s and women sawyers. There are no logs too big for these wood chopping fanatics.
Come along and witness the most dangerous sport on earth at the Bull Ride Spectacular. The 2018 Bull Ride will feature the best bucking bulls from the Woodall’s Rodeo stock.
Applications for the Circlework, Barrel Race and Go to Wo Competitions are now available online. If you think you have what it takes to get the crowd going and wow the judges then this is the competition for you.
The Coates Hire Show n Shine is not to be missed! Displaying the best Utes from all over Australia, this competition is the perfect opportunity to showcase your Ute and prove why it is the best of its kind. Competitors will also have the opportunity to win $500 per category winner and have a chance at taking home the whopping $4,000 and the prestigious title of ‘Ute of the Year’ winner.
The Fusion group will be running free children’s activities from 9am each day, including face painting, wood work, bubble blowing, stilt walking, hookey and much more! Baby change and Mothers area are available here as well as free tea and coffee.
The Deni Ute Muster wouldn’t be complete without the Carnival Corner! We have all the crowd favourites including dodgem cars, a Ferris wheel and fast paced rides for the adrenaline junkies.
Back due to popular demand we have Bob the Butcher joining us again to talk you through how to successfully break down lamb, beef, pork and even show you the art of sausage making.
Bob has been working non-stop in the industry for 55 years and over that time has gathered a wealth of knowledge which he is keen to pass on.
New to the Deni Ute Muster in 2018, Laser Tag!!
Head to the combat zone for a game with your mates or jump in a team and have a go. All ages welcome.
You’ve seen the Muster from the ground, but have you ever wondered what the Deni Ute Muster site looks like from above? Take a flight with the Geelong Helicopter crew and try and spot your camp site from the sky.
Get your phone ready to take a snap of the bouncing kangaroos as they hop all over site.
We are lucky enough to have Brandon Kroon returning alongside Angie Polglaze to impress with their amazing chainsaw skills creating wooden artworks. We can’t wait to see what masterpieces they produce this year! You will be able to purchase their wooden creations to take home over the weekend.
The Isuzu UTE Iron Summit is genuinely the world’s steepest 4wd ramp at 45 degrees (100% gradient). Adventurous visitors have the opportunity to see the world from a different angle by taking a
Adults: $270 + postage
Juniors: $135 + postage
All children under 13 will be admitted free with an adult ticket purchase.
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Opening Hours: 6am - 9pm
Address: 62 – 64 Hardinge Street, Deniliquin
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**all information mentioned above came from the events website at www.deniutemuster.com.au