LOCKHART’S Spirit of the Land Festival committee hope 10,000 people will attend this weekend’s celebrations only six months after the festival was cancelled.
Festival committee president Liz Pertzel said the fact it was rescued for a seventh year was testament to the townsfolk.
“It certainly is the town’s festival,” Ms Pertzel said.
“There’s been fantastic support from everybody.
“The thought of losing the festival shook everyone and got everybody thinking it was too good a thing to lose.”
In April, the previous volunteer committee cancelled the festival and a new committee was formed after a town meeting attended by 130 people.
“Every one of those put their hands up to help,” Ms Pertzel said.
“It’s a very positive feel all around town and we’ve certainly got that buzz happening.”
An exhibition of farm art sculptures and fine art kicks off the festival today from 1pm to 4pm along the main street, coinciding with the Lockhart Picnic Race Club meet.
Tomorrow and Sunday exhibits will be complemented by a street market with almost 100 stalls, music, open gardens and a firework display at 8pm tomorrow.
Yesterday, Ms Pertzel showcased some of sculptures in the running for the $10,000 National Farm Art Award.
Farm equipment had been transformed into kangaroos, emus, bulls, dragons and horses.
“You would have to go a long, long way to see the quality of art and they’re mind-blowing,” Ms Pertzel said.