Driving through devil country

Circular Head Office Supplies’ Amy Mitchell, owner Tania Brown and Danielle Bellinger drove a 1944 Farmall A tractor into their Smith Street shopfront in support of this weekend’s Devil Country Muster music event. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Entertainment. No doubt passersby have had to look twice at Circular Head Office Supplies’ latest window display.

No, the Smithton business has not run out of parking spots, rather they are lending their support to the region’s biggest country music event, the Devil Country Muster on this weekend.

Business owner Tania Brown said it surprisingly did not require a lot of manpower.

“We wanted something easy – we just drove it in the front door!”

The 1944 Farmall A belongs to her father, John van Norden, and it has had some nice touches added by her six-year-old son Aiden in the form of a soft Tassie ‘devil’ toy, gumboots and hat.

The display was first ‘parked’ the day the Veteran Car Club of Australia (Tasmania) toured through town, part of the convoy stopping to admire the tractor as the shop’s staff took time out from work duties to admire the pre-1919 vehicles cruising along Smith Street.

“It’s a bit of excitement for the kids,” Mrs Brown said. “We’ve had people come in to look at it.

“We’re with the (Circular Head) Business Group, we like to support things going on around town.”

Rotarian Julie Bernhagen said despite many people being preoccupied with the drought and the current bushfires, Circular Head has yet again come out to support the promotion of the Rotary Club of Smithton event.

She said the committee appreciated the “extraordinary effort” by shopkeepers.

Organisers are hoping locals make up a large part of this year’s crowd, with Ms Bernhagen saying the event is one for the whole community.

“The Day Muster – til 7pm – is free for children under 15, making it an affordable day out for the family,” she said.

“Pass-outs are available throughout the day, so locals can come and go as they please.”

She encouraged locals to “bring a chair, your sunglasses and kick back” for a great day and night of “quality entertainment never seen before in Smithton”.

Artists set to perform include Dean Perrett, Kiara Rodrigues, Tania Kernaghan and Roo Arcus, plus many more.

Adding to the day’s entertainment will be local rising stars performing in the show’s inaugural ‘Talent Quest’.

The first heats were held at Twilight on the Duck festival on Australia Day. The following artists were chosen by the judges to perform in the finals at the Muster:

• Under 16s: Emily Tuffnell ($150 first prize); Shakiya Lorigan ($50 runner up)

• All Ages: Mitch Stone ($200 first prize); Judy Bonney ($50 runner up).

The winner of the People’s Choice ($50) was Ebony Popowski.

The finals of the Talent Quest will be held on Saturday February 20 from 10.30am.

Tickets are available via www.devilcountrymuster.com.au, at Lizzies This ’N’ That and at the gate.

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