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Lockhart’s wonderful Spirit of the Land Festival promises a whole weekend of family entertainment. In addition to the famous National Farm Art Sculpture Award, enjoy fine arts and indigenous arts exhibitions, “Make It, Bake It, Grow It, or Breed It” themed market stalls,  live music all day, and a fantastic fireworks display on Saturday evening.

To make a complete weekend of the festival visitors can also experience the Lockhart Picnic Races on Friday afternoon (Friday 6 October 2017) – a very social race meet which promises to kick your weekend off with a bang!

The 2017 Festival is on the Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October, with exhibitions open from 9 am until 4pm on Saturday and 9am until 2pm on Sunday.

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PROGRAM OF EVENTS

Friday, 6 October 2017

  • Lockhart Picnic Races – Gates open from midday
  • Judging of Exhibitions
  • National Farm Arts Sculpture Awards Presentation Evening, commencing at 6 pm. Tickets available from Spirit of the Land office. Office opens on Wednesday, 27 September. Contact Mandy on 0429 857 085 for more information.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

  • Exhibitions open from 9 am until 4 pm. Admission $5 –  Under 16 free
  • Market Stalls in the main street and under the verandahs
  • Children’s entertainment
  • Live Music by the lagoon from 9 am – 8 pm
  • Farm Tours
  • Open Gardens – from 10 am until 5 pm
  • Fireworks Display

 Sunday, 8 October 2017

  • Exhibitions open from 9 am until 2 pm. Admission $5 –  Under 16 free.
  • Market Stalls in the main street and under the verandahs
  • Children’s entertainment
  • Live Music by the lagoon from 9.30 am till 2 pm
  • Open Gardens – open from 10 am until 4 pm
  • SOL Bike Ride

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Spirit of the Land 2017 Program – What’s on Where

Memorial Hall, Green Street
Various exhibitions including fine and indigenous arts and photography, open on Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm. $5 per adult entry (includes all SOL exhibition spaces). Don’t forget to enter the People’s Choice Award at both exhibition spaces.

Business Precinct, Green Street
Street Stalls open from 9 am till 4 pm with a ‘Make It, Bake It, Grow It or Breed It’ theme.  Local businesses open all day with special weekend bargains. There is a children’s entertainment area at the south-western end, around the corner from the Brookong Nook Craft Shop.

Spirit of the Land Office, Green Street
Open from Wednesday 27 September, call in and find out all about the Festival and check out the Spirit of the Land mementos available for purchase. Open Gardens map available from office.

Greens Gunyah Museum, Information Centre and the Doris Golder O.A.M Gallery – Corner Green and Urana Streets
Wander through the museum to check out our quaint collection of memorabilia; visit our Information Centre for all your general tourist enquiries; AND make sure you check out the amazing wool portraits in the Doris Golder O.A.M Gallery ($5 entry). Open 9.30 am till 4.30 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Rio Theatre, Urana Street
Antique Auction – Saturday 11 am – till close.  Make sure you visit the beautiful historic Rio Theatre for a browse and maybe even a purchase.

Urana Street Precinct
The main sculpture area where you will find the jaw dropping Farm Art Sculptures as well as other entries. Spend an hour or two wandering among some wonderful creations.

Our entertainment precinct with all day music, food and craft stalls, and the main viewing area for the magnificent Saturday evening fireworks display. Adjacent to this area is the parking for the specialist car clubs.

Open Gardens
This year the Festival has open gardens for you to enjoy.  Visit local country gardens within 20km of Lockhart. Admission is just a gold coin donation!  Gardens open from 10 am – 5pm on Saturday and 10 am until 4 pm on Sunday.

Farm Tours
For a gold coin donation take part in our working farm tour. Only a short bus ride out of town and you will get to experience shearing in action, see the latest agricultural machinery and view crops waiting to be harvested. Tours will leave at 11.30 am and 1.30 pm, from opposite the caravan park.  A trip of one to two hours. Limited places available on Saturday ONLY.

Please register at the Spirit of the Land office (in Green Street) by 11am for the first tour, or 1pm for the second tour.

SOL Ride

The Spirit Of The Land Festival is inviting all cyclists to join in the festivities by riding in the 2nd SOL Ride event. The route for the ride includes one of the best cycling roads in the district – County Boundary Road. The route is an awesome 50 km loop ride, or for those wanting to push further an option for a 75 km extended loop is also available. The aim is to enjoy the ‘path less ridden’, with the finish back in Lockhart in time to enjoy the days festivities, which includes amazing sculptures, fine arts, live music, stalls, great food and much more.  ENTRY IS FREE and is therefore a self reliant ride.

 

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