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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.

 

PROGRAM OF EVENTS

Friday, 6 October 2017

  • Hot Air Balloon Rides – departs sunrise
  • 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.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

  • Sculpture & Art Exhibitions open from 9 am until 4 pm. Admission $5 –  Under 16 free
  • Market & Food Stalls in the main street and under the verandahs
  • Children’s entertainment
  • Live Music by the lagoon from 9 am – 8 pm
  • Open Gardens – from 10 am until 4 pm
  • Farm Tours
  • Artisan Workshops
  • Helicopter Rides – from 9 am until 4 pm
  • Hot Air Balloon Rides – departs sunrise
  • Free Leeton Lions Train Rides
  • Doris Golder Wool Art Gallery. Admission $5, Under 16 Free
  • Fireworks Display

 Sunday, 8 October 2017

  • Sculpture & Art Exhibitions open from 9 am until 2 pm. Admission $5 –  Under 16 free.
  • Market & Food 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
  • Artisan Workshops
  • Hot Air Balloon Rides – departs sunrise
  • Free Leeton Lions Train Rides
  • Doris Golder Wool Art Gallery (Admission $5, U16 Free)
  • SOL Bike Ride

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

Brookong Lagoon, Green Street
Enjoy a stroll through 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. In this area you will also find live music, food and craft stalls, and it is the main viewing area for the magnificent Saturday evening fireworks display.

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

Town Centre, Green Street
Street Stalls open from 9 am till 4 pm with approximately 100 stalls selling unique, fashionable and high quality goods.  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, Billabong Motors Building, Urana Street near corner of 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 Wool Art 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 Wool Art Gallery ($5 entry). Open 9.30 am till 4.30 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Greens Gunyah Hotel, Urana Street
Artisan Workshops – Make sure you visit the workshops in the gardens of the historic Greens Gunyah Hotel .

Lockhart Central School, Hebden Street
Balloon Flights – departs sunrise, bookings in advance. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Festival, limited places, weather dependent. The balloons will also feature on Saturday night at the Lagoon.

Lockhart Recreation Ground, Day Street
Helicopter Flights – Saturday only. Enjoy a 15 minute fly over our beautiful landscape. 

Open Gardens
This year the Festival has two open gardens for you to enjoy.  Visit one town garden and one local country garden within 20km of Lockhart. Sunshine Iris Farm will also be open. Admission to gardens 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 3rd 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 a shorter 26km ride out to Milbrulong and back into Lockhart, that 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.  Contact Nick Mathews on 0427 205 608 for further infomation.

Clem Gooden Oval
Free caravan and RV overflow parking for the Spirit of the Land Festival will be available at Clem Gooden Oval, so spread the word! The outdoor toilet facilities at the adjoining golf club will be made available, as will the toilet and shower facilities at the Lockhart Ex-Servicemen’s Club. It would be appreciated if anyone intending to park here contact the Caravan Park Manager, on 0458 205 303 or email caravanpark@lockhart.nsw.gov.au so we have an idea of numbers. See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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