Gambler pays off

A record crowd waits for country music legend Kenny Rogers to take the stage on Sunday.
A record crowd waits for country music legend Kenny Rogers to take the stage on Sunday. Craig Warhurst

PERFECT weather, a new formula and sheer star wattage combined to produce a "very" profitable and record-breaking 2012 Optus Gympie Music Muster at the weekend.

In a complete turnaround from the $800,000-plus loss of 2011, this year's event will be remembered as one of the best - if not the best.

Organisers were celebrating their success yesterday, some dubbing it the Rebuild Muster, others calling it the best ever and others the best in its recent history.

Whatever the tag, there was no doubting the Kenny Rogers' gamble had paid off on Sunday night, when The Hill became a seething mass of humanity, packed as it had not been before.

"We are expecting a very big profit," said Gympie Muster board chairman Glen Smith.

"And if you thought (Kenny) was good, wait until you see what we are planning for next year," he said.

"Bigger and better things are coming."

Muster chief executive officer James Dein said everyone was delighted with the outcome this year and had estimated at least 55,000 people had gone through the gates over the four days.

"The teamwork and goodwill from everyone who worked within the event was evident," he said.

"This, together with the wonderful weather, made for a record-breaking crowd on Sunday night."

Mr Dein said that while it would take several years to fully recuperate the losses of last year, the early indications were that the Muster was back in the black and positioned well for 2013.

"There is no doubt that the event has turned around," he said.

There was a mass exodus from Amamoor State Forest throughout yesterday and Gympie and Imbil police maintained a high presence on the roads.

They said yesterday thousands of random breath tests were conducted over the weekend, but only five people were caught drink-driving, three of those yesterday.


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