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LEGENDARY EVENTS & FESTIVALS The Murray is a legendary place to revel in authentic Aussie culture, great music festivals and sporting prowess – from the iconic Deni Ute Muster to a five-day paddling marathon, attending a festival or two will be a highlight of your holiday. Legendary Speed Club Marine Southern 80 (February) Supercharged speedboats pulling super- skilled waterskiers for 80km from Torrumbarry to Echuca Moama – that's Club Marine Southern 80, the largest and most thrilling waterski race in the world. Held in February, the event attracts over 400 entries and some 80,000 spectators. Boats carry one driver, one observer and two skiers travelling through 126 bends in the Murray at speeds of up to 200kmh! Legendary Music Riverboats Music Festival, Echuca Moama (February) Framed by a natural amphitheatre of towering River Red Gums on the banks of the Murray, the Riverboats Music Festival is the Murray region's premiere contemporary music event. Over three days on the third weekend in February, some of Australia's finest artists take to the stage for a rollicking weekend of music, dancing and regional food and wine. Mildura Country Music Festival (September/October) Mildura's toe-tappin', finger-pickin' country music bash in late September draws some of Australia's finest independent country music stars and rising talent, performing at more than 20 venues around town. Deni Blues & Roots Festival (Easter) After an Award winning first year in 2013, the Deni Blues and Roots Festival is confirmed to return on an annual basis over the Easter Weekend in Deniliquin in southern New South Wales. It's two days of non-stop music, onsite camping, two stages and massive international headline acts. The Festival is unique for southern NSW and utilises the massive Deni Ute Muster site, which has had millions of dollars of permanent staging and lighting infrastructure installed in recent years. Legendary Literature Mildura Writers' Festival (July) With a reputation that has grown from humble beginnings in Stefano de Pieri's cellar restaurant 20 years ago, the Mildura Writers' Festival draws the cream of Australia's literary talent along with notable international authors. Readings, workshops and fireside chats are held at venues throughout Mildura over the course of a winter weekend. Legendary Aussie Icons Deni Ute Muster (October) Only in Australia! Wanting to celebrate the iconic ute and Australia's rural identity, in 1999 the good people of Deniliquin came up with the idea of setting a record for the largest parade of legally registered utes in the world. It made the Guinness Book of Records (2839 utes) and the Deni Ute Muster was born. The event has grown into a classic bush bash with a family camp-out, bush poetry and a fabulous lineup of country music stars. The Muster also holds a record for most number of people wearing blue singlets - 3500 people! 28

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