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Nullarbor muster tradition takes off

Heavy rain did not deter hundreds of determined people getting to the 2014 Nullarbor Muster, which managed to plough on for its 31st year without dampened spirits from the crowd of 850.

Held just outside remote Rawlinna - population five - the muster transforms the usually vacant desert into a sea of tents, eskies and four-wheel-drives.

The event began as a simple get-together for Nullarbor locals but its fame has soared.

Friday's opening night of amateur bull riding left some nursing sore bodies after losing out to several hundred kilograms of beast.

Saturday morning was mainly gymkhana races featuring the most horses taken to the muster in more than a decade.

But the afternoon focus switched to the Peter Hogg Memorial arm wrestling, which might not be truly traditional but is unquestionably popular.

As darkness fell, the floodlit desert arena again came to life as professional bull riders who travel the WA circuit drew cheers for every thrill and spill.

For muster secretary Barbara Hogg it made months of planning worthwhile and promised funds to improve the event further.

The West Australian

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