Organisers of the annual Deni Ute Muster have invited Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to attend the 10th anniversary of the event in Deniliquin, NSW, on October 2-3, 2009.
The festival director, John Harvie, explained that the organisers were concerned that the great Aussie ute would get the blame for the recent “Ute-gate” scandal in Canberra, and they felt that now was the time for Rudd to get out into the bush and meet 20,000-plus ute fans.
“We invited the prime minister last year,” he said, “but unfortunately he was unable to attend due to other commitments. We sent him another invitation this year, as we are worried Mr Rudd will lose the love of the ute.
“Let’s get that ute passion back in to Mr Rudd’s veins this year,” he said.
The festival, held on what are described as “the flattest natural open plains on earth”, keeps setting Guinness World Records for the largest parade of legally registered utes, with an amazing 7242 counted in 2008. John Harvie and the team are aiming for 10,000 this year.
The festival is a celebration of all things Australian, bringing together entertainment for all ages including extreme sports action, competitions and the cream of Australian music such as Powderfinger, the Angels and Troy Cassar-Daley.
The site includes a huge family camping area that caters for sedans, caravans, camper trailers and motorhomes, and this year patrons can also rent a tent.
The organisers urge people to take advantage of Kevin Rudd’s stimulus package by buying discounted advance tickets at www.deniutemuster.com.au, or phone (03) 5881 3388.