Open invite to Muster wedding
WHILE most campers in the Amamoor State Forest were settling in for the start of the 2012 Muster yesterday, Dolly Cordony was preparing for something bigger - her wedding day.
Dolly will marry the love of her life, Kevin Leahy, next Wednesday in their Muster campsite, the Bra Bar.
Despite Muster officials putting in the first-ever chapel for the 2012 event, Dolly said the Bra Bar was her Muster home.
"This is where I want to get married," Dolly said.
Yesterday she was setting up the famous campsite on the main road to the Muster with good friend Glenda Aitken.
The girls have more than 200 bras decorating their camp and use it to help raise money for breast cancer.
Dolly and the many others who camp at the Muster site have firsthand knowledge of what women and men go through with breast cancer.
Dolly herself has had a double mastectomy but doesn't let that get in the way of living life to the fullest.
She is in her seventies but doesn't like to be called an oldie.
"I'm still a spring chicken," she said yesterday.
Tongue-in-cheek, she said the wedding was going to be a "quiet affair".
"Quiet? Nothing's quiet at the Muster," Glenda said.
"It will be a party."
Dolly already has the champagne ready and is planning to wear purple on the big day.
The seven bridesmaids will stick to Muster tradition and wear jeans.
They will be teamed with a white blouse and purple cowboy hats to match the bride's gown.
Kevin was keeping pretty quiet about the wedding but confessed he fell in love with Dolly the first time he saw her.
"It was love at first sight," he said.
"It took me just 10 minutes to fall in love."
The happy couple have only known each other for six months and met at a solo campervan rally in Yarram, Victoria.
The wedding will take place at the Bra Bar at 2pm on August 22, and friends and onlookers are welcome.
But before then, the gang at the Bra Bar will embark on the usual Muster festivities.
Today they are heading into Gympie for the Muster campers' pub crawl.
The campers will hit the Jockey Club this morning, then move to the Railway Hotel before visiting other local pubs and ending up at Billy's.
Officials say the 2012 Optus Gympie Music Muster is set to be one of the biggest on record.
They have already removed the old sound and lighting booth that was on the hill in front of the main stage.
This is predicted to allow nearly 3000 people to get closer to the action and have unhindered views of the performers.
The move will allow more people to cheer on American country music legend Kenny Rogers when he appears on the main stage for the first time on Sunday night.