Sculpture comp enters 13th year
The overwhelming success and large number of entries in last year’s Victorian Farm Sculpture Competition has ensured the event will go ahead again this year.
The 13th annual event will feature at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days in March.
Field days manager Murray Wilson welcomed Ace Radio on board for another year as the major sponsor.
“Ace Radio has been supporting this competition since inception, proving its long standing commitment to the farm sculpture competition and the Wimmera Machinery Field Days,” he said.
The competition will enter its 13th year in 2018 and generally draws more than 40 entries from across the region and interstate.
“It is a popular and successful feature of the field days,” Mr Wilson said.
He said the large number of entries had given the competition an opportunity to expand categories over the years and attract new and innovative designs.
Long-time entrant and renowned sculptor Marty Knight, from Horsham, was the open winner in 2017 with his sculpture ‘Coat of Arms’.
“With support from the Wimmera Machinery Field Days, Mr Knight took his winning sculpture to the National Farm Sculpture awards at the Spirit of the Land Festival in Lockhart, New South Wales in October,” Mr Wilson said.
“He was successful in winning the people’s choice award.
“This same Coat of Arms sculpture, along with Marty’s prize winning ‘Peacock’ sculpture which had success at the 2016 field days, have also been invited to enter the upcoming Brighton Pier Sculpture Competition in Adelaide this month.”
Mr Wilson said he was pleased to see a local sculptor such as Mr Knight have success interstate on more than one occasion, as well as be recognised at other interstate arts events.
“We know he has committed to the Wimmera Machinery Field Days competition again in March and we look forward to his new creation,” he said.
The 2018 Victorian Farm Sculpture competition offers $6000 in prize money, with the first prize winner taking home $2500.
Entries are now being taken, with all farm sculptures to go on display at the 2018 Wimmera Machinery Field Days on March 6, 7 and 8.
Entry forms and conditions can be downloaded from the Wimmera Machinery Field Days website, wimmerafielddays.com.au or by calling the office on 5384 7210 for further information.