Over the weekend, I headed to Lockhart for the Spirit of the Land Festival, an event that I've been meaning to go to for a few years now. This year was the eleventh festival, and it was such an enjoyable day with a great country atmosphere.
The main focus of the festival is the National Farm Art Sculpture competition, and there were some amazing sculptures on display. The creativity and skills involved in creating these masterpieces was mind-blowing, and choosing just one to vote for the People's Choice award was so hard!
The detail of many of the sculptures was amazing. It was so hard choosing which one I loved the most - every time I saw the next one it became my favourite! But my top two were certain the Australian Coat of Arms (which ended up being voted the People's Choice, and rightly so because it was stunning!) and the spinning Pennies. Both had so much detail in them and such a creative use of different metal tools and objects.
We also visited the Museum and Doris Golder Wool Art Gallery. As a history nerd, I love visiting museums, so perusing all the the items on display was really interesting. There were some really interesting pieces and the museum is great for a country town. Doris Golder's wool art is amazing. She created these amazing portraits and landscapes out of wool that are so incredible. I don't know how she managed to make them so accurately out of just wool. Unfortunately, I wasn't allowed to photograph them, but I did manage a sneaky shot of a few of them (you can see a little more in my vlog of the day.)
There was also a fine arts and photography display, but we didn't end up going for a look. The market, which stretched for one block down the middle of the main street, was filled with some great stalls, although I didn't end up buying much. Having been to Lockhart only on weekends when the town is very quiet and most shops are shut, it was crazy to see so much activity throughout the town.
We finished the day off with some woodfire pizza (BBQ meatlovers every time!) and sat by the lagoon where there was some live music and a few more market stalls. Overall, it was such a great Spring day out in a great country town. If you're ever around Lockhart at the beginning of October, I definitely recommend checking out this festival - I'll definitely be going again in the future!
I filmed a little vlog of the day, so check that out when it goes up on my channel at some point this week. Below is a few more photos of the sculptures, the rest feature in the vlog!
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