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AFL fans watch Grand Final from the Deni Ute Muster

Cowboy hats and colourful guernseys clashed over the weekend, as football fans tuned in to watch the AFL grand final live from the 2017 Deni Ute Muster.

Australia’s biggest ute muster kicked off Friday, with 20,000 people flocking to the rural New South Wales town of Deniliquin for some country festivities.

But in between the car displays, beer-drinking and blue-singlet wearing, Richmond and Adelaide fans donned their team colours to cheer their clubs on.

Cowboy hats and colourful guernseys clashed over the weekend, as football fans at the 2017 Deni Ute Muster tuned in to watch the AFL grand final live

In between the car displays, beer-drinking and blue-singlet wearing, Richmond and Adelaide fans donned their team colours to cheer their clubs on

In between the car displays, beer-drinking and blue-singlet wearing, Richmond and Adelaide fans donned their team colours to cheer their clubs on

Passionate supporters raised flags and rallied as the clash began, with hundreds setting up chairs on the grass to watch.

Two giant screens either side of the main stage captured all the action, with many in the crowd adorned in Richmond regalia.

The game kicked off at 2.30pm in Melbourne, with the Tigers taking the lead ahead of the Adelaide crows by half-time.

Screening of the grand final is somewhat of a tradition at the muster, with organisers encouraging people to ‘bring your camping chair and team jumper’.

Passionate supporters raised flags and rallied as the clash began, with hundreds setting up chairs on the grass to watch

Passionate supporters raised flags and rallied as the clash began, with hundreds setting up chairs on the grass to watch

Screening of the grand final is somewhat of a tradition at the muster, with organisers encouraging people to 'bring your camping chair and team jumper'

Screening of the grand final is somewhat of a tradition at the muster, with organisers encouraging people to ‘bring your camping chair and team jumper’

Two giant screens either side of the main stage captured all the action from Melbourne, with many in the crowd adorned in Richmond regalia

Two giant screens either side of the main stage captured all the action from Melbourne, with many in the crowd adorned in Richmond regalia

The night before saw country music icon Lee Kernaghan take to the same stage to play for the festival-goers, alongside fellow singer James Blundell.

A ‘blue singlet’ record was attempted by revellers on Saturday as well, with hundreds of people donning the iconic Australian clothing item and releasing pink balloons for charity.

Among the entertainment on offer at the event was the AWPA NSWA whip-cracking championships, wood-chopping and ‘thoroughbred’ pig racing.

The night before saw country music icon Lee Kernaghan take to the same stage to play for the festival-goers

Fellow country crooner James Blundell also joined him to belt out some hits

The night before saw country music icon Lee Kernaghan (left) take to the same stage to play for the festival-goers, alongside fellow singer James Blundell (right)

Fans hopped on friends shoulders to get a glimpse of the country music performance on Friday night, enjoying the atmosphere of the crowds

Fans hopped on friends shoulders to get a glimpse of the country music performance on Friday night, enjoying the atmosphere of the crowds

A 'blue singlet' record was attempted by revellers on Saturday as well, with hundreds of people donning the iconic Australian clothing item and releasing pink balloons for charity

A ‘blue singlet’ record was attempted by revellers on Saturday as well, with hundreds of people donning the iconic Australian clothing item and releasing pink balloons for charity

The undisputed Ute Capital of the World has been hosting the festival since 1999, when the region was struck by a crippling drought.

The town is surrounded by some of the largest, flattest, natural, open plains on earth – and is considered an ideal home for ute culture.

The iconic festival includes the Guinness World Record breaking Ute Muster which attracts locals and visitors from around Australia and the world. 

Deniliquin in country New South Wales is the undisputed Ute Capital of the World, with one man showing off his swagman's hat adorned with tags from previous year's musters

Deniliquin in country New South Wales is the undisputed Ute Capital of the World, with one man showing off his swagman’s hat adorned with tags from previous year’s musters

Revellers (pictured) gather at dawn on Fridayfor the first day of the 2017 Deni Ute Muster, holding guns, beer cans and mooning for the cameras

Revellers (pictured) gather at dawn on Fridayfor the first day of the 2017 Deni Ute Muster, holding guns, beer cans and mooning for the cameras

Many attendees (pictured) got an early start on the festivities, donning cowboy hats and setting up their utes at the muster

Many attendees (pictured) got an early start on the festivities, donning cowboy hats and setting up their utes at the muster

To keep the entertainment flowing, the 2017 schedule includes camel rides, the D-Max Hay Bale Hustle, bubble soccer and bucking bulls.

Starting on Friday September 29, the two-day event features over 24 hours of live music, the Ute Show N Shine competition and the spectacular rodeo event.

The all-Australian music line-up includes performances by Lee Kernaghan, Shannon Noll, The McClymonts, Beccy Cole, Sara Storer, Sunny Cowgirls and The Wolfe Brothers.

The town is surrounded by some of the largest, flattest, natural, open plains on earth (pictured) and is considered an ideal home for ute culture

The town is surrounded by some of the largest, flattest, natural, open plains on earth (pictured) and is considered an ideal home for ute culture

A competitor in the 'Barrel Racing' Ute competition at the iconic festival is watched by the crowd standing upon bleachers in the background

A competitor in the ‘Barrel Racing’ Ute competition at the iconic festival is watched by the crowd standing upon bleachers in the background

Friends pose for a photo on the first day of the muster with a blue singlet-wearing cowboy sculpture pictured in the background

Friends pose for a photo on the first day of the muster with a blue singlet-wearing cowboy sculpture pictured in the background

Visitors can also take part in helicopter rides and enjoy the Brophy Bros Circus, as well as watch butchering demonstrations.

Plenty of prizes are also on offer with those teams testing their hay baling skills up for the chance to win 4X4 accessories.

While the carnival corner is expected to keep kids happy, with crowd favourites such as dodgem cars and a ferris wheel.

Darcy Craig from Swan Hill attempted to whip a lit cigarette from his mate Sam Milner's mouth early on Friday morning

Darcy Craig from Swan Hill attempted to whip a lit cigarette from his mate Sam Milner’s mouth early on Friday morning

Attendees got there at the crack of dawn on the first day of the muster, with many hoping to celebrate all things Australian

Attendees got there at the crack of dawn on the first day of the muster, with many hoping to celebrate all things Australian

A competitor prepares for a wood chopping competition, balancing on the wooden pole with an axe in his hand

A competitor prepares for a wood chopping competition, balancing on the wooden pole with an axe in his hand

The family friendly event drew plenty of kids, with performances by the Matt Mingay stunt drivers a fan favourite

The family friendly event drew plenty of kids, with performances by the Matt Mingay stunt drivers a fan favourite

The Family Centre ran free children’s activities with face painting, wood work, bubble blowing, stilt walking all available with tea and coffee for the mums.

The muster is a multi-day event, with camping allowed from Thursday night.  

While fireworks were expected to help send the event off in spectacular style on Saturday night. 

Beer in one hand, whip in the other, a man woke up early on Friday to practise his skills at the festival

Beer in one hand, whip in the other, a man woke up early on Friday to practise his skills at the festival

A man can be seen revving the engine of his ute at dawn on day one of the Muster, with smoke spewing into the air

A man can be seen revving the engine of his ute at dawn on day one of the Muster, with smoke spewing into the air

The annual Deniliquin Ute Muster brings plenty of whip-cracking fun, as one reveller found out

The annual Deniliquin Ute Muster brings plenty of whip-cracking fun, as one reveller found out

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