Australia wakes up to singer Caitlyn's Muster sunrise
A LOT can change in 12 months. Just ask Gympie singer Caitlyn Shadbolt.
This time last year, Caitlyn was at the height of her time on X Factor and on her way to an eventual top-five finish on the show.
She had also appeared on Channel 7's Sunrise morning show with weather girl Edwina Bartholomew at the Muster, helping promote the festival to the nation.
History repeated itself yesterday when Caitlyn teamed up with Bartholomew again for another live cross.
This time, however, Caitlyn appeared as an established artist and Muster ambassador with a newly minted record deal, a self-titled EP, a handful of single releases of original material.
Sunrise had six live crosses to the Muster site and Caitlyn appeared for the 7am cross.
Though a brief segment, a lot was crammed in to give viewers back home a true taste of the Muster.
"We had a lot of fun and it brought back a lot of memories," Caitlyn said.
"It really drove home how much has happened in 12 months."
Destination Gympie tourism development manager Andrew Saunders was full of praise for the Sunrise team making the trip to the Muster.
"The crew was very engaging, warm and genuinely like the event," he said.
"They enjoyed their time and caught up last night walking around and checking things out."
Bartholomew was spotted having a good time at the Crow Bar, rubbing shoulders with the Muster faithful.
"They were very interested in the depth and size of the camping out here," Mr Saunders said.
"They walked around (on Thursday) and earmarked a few camp sites to visit for the live crosses."
Mr Saunders said it was hard to put a price on the national exposure from the live Sunrise appearance, which also involved Gympie mayor Mick Curran and Gympie Apex president Nathan O'Neill, and hoped the crew would return for the Muster's 35th birthday next year.