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Entertainers take to the streets for Wingham's first Busker Muster

Local act: The Choir Girls, a regular act at the Wingham Farmers' Markets, will be competing in the Busker Muster competition. Photo: Scott Calvin
Local act: The Choir Girls, a regular act at the Wingham Farmers' Markets, will be competing in the Busker Muster competition. Photo: Scott Calvin

The Wingham CBD is the place to be on Saturday, April 11 when the town's first Busker Muster takes place on Isabella Street.

The busking competition has attracted 25 entrants, the youngest being only eight years old, and the oldest in his 80s.

"We've had a really good response," organiser Bill Beach said. "I was keen to get people who have never performed in public before."

Most of the buskers are from Wingham and Taree, with some from Gloucester and Forster, and most of them are musicians.

Bill was originally hoping to have a mix of musicians, dancers, circus performers, bush poets and stand up comedians.

The buskers will be split into two groups, with both groups performing two half-hour sets, starting from 10am and finishing at 12pm.

"We've had great co-operation from the shops. Some of them will be providing power where needed," Bill said.

Registration for entrants takes place from 9am in front of Wingham Newsagents.

The public can vote for first, second and third places, with prizes being $200, $100 and $50 respectively. Winners will be announced at noon.

The winner will also be given a gig at the 2021 Akoostik Music Festival, and Wingham Memorial Services Club is also offering a gig at the club for the winner.

Plans are for the Wingham Busker Muster to become a annual event. Organisers have been in touch with the Australian National Busking Championships and are hopeful of being included in the championship circuit.

The Busker Muster is an initiative of the Wingham Chamber of Commerce.