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Ute lovers descend on Deni for festival

AAP logoAAP 30/09/2016 Lisa Robinson

A sea of blue-singlet-wearing, country-music-loving ute enthusiasts have braved the flooding rains for the annual Deni Ute Muster.

The recent downpour, which flooded parts of central NSW, didn't dampen the spirits of the 12,000 strong crowd who packed up their utes for the two-day camping festival in Deniliquin near the NSW-Victoria border.

Keith Urban, Shannon Noll and John Williamson are the some of the stars on this year's musical line-up, which kicked off on Friday.

"I'm really pumped," Shannon Noll told AAP ahead of his first appearance at Deni on Saturday night.

"I've played heaps of other festivals but this would be one that if I never went on the show (Australian Idol) and I was still farming I definitely would have got to," he said.

Music isn't the only focus of the iconic Deni Ute Muster. As the name states, this event is all about the rural chariot that is the ute.

Drivers can test their skills at the Go to Wo dirt track, the Milwaukee Barrel obstacle course or the Deni D-Max Hay Bale Hustle where teams of two race to fill their ute with hay.

For those who left the ute at home there's also bull riding, monster truck rides, wood chopping and whip cracking competitions.

It sounds like the kind of place where the humble flannelette shirt would prevail, but Deni is blue singlet territory.

Each year festival goers attempt to break two world records - the most utes and the most blue singlets, which currently sit at 9736 and 3959 respectively.

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