Lockhart’s wonderful Spirit of the Land Festival promises a whole weekend of Family Entertainment
Home to the famous National Farm Art Sculpture Award, the sculptures are an amazing array of artwork created from materials from the land. Each year these sculptures have added to Lockhart’s collection.
This year’s sculpture exhibition, augmented by the town’s own collection of sculptures, promises to be just as remarkable as in previous years. Lockhart’s own Community Branch of the Bendigo Bank has pledged this year to help the town build its collection with the purchase of a new sculpture from this year’s entries.
Surrounding this award over the entire weekend are fine arts, photography and indigenous arts exhibitions, and “Make It, Bake It, Grow It, or Breed It” themed market stalls. As well as open gardens, farm tours or a visit to the Green’s Gunyah Museum and Doris Golder OAM Gallery, antique auction and much more! And to make your experience as pleasant as possible, there is live music all day, and a fantastic fireworks display on Saturday evening.
A new feature of the 2017 Festival will be the Artisan Centre (see Artisan Centre tab for more info). Housed in the all-weather beer garden at Lockhart’s historic New Gunyah Hotel, the Artisan Centre offers Spirit of The Land festival goers added opportunity to immerse themselves in a ‘complete country experience’, through participation. The purpose of the Artisan Centre is to showcase the amazing artistic and creative talents of country people, providing visitors to Spirit of the Land with an opportunity to learn new skills and leave with a finished product of their own making.
Other interests at this years’ Festival include the Leeton Lions Club train, a great way for families and children to see attractions around the town; and Helicopter rides, which will depart every 15 minutes from Lockhart Recreation Ground in the centre of town. Helicopter rides are from 9.00am until 4.oopm.