CLOSE to a hundred market stalls will line the streets of Dunkeld this weekend as the picturesque township makes a strong pitch for tourists to visit more often.
Events revolving around the arts, food, wine and fun are scheduled for the third annual Discover Dunkeld weekend.
The weekend has slowly morphed from its early beginnings in 2003, initially a mosaic festival.
Chairwoman Paula Kelly said it was “part of a vision to improve the profile of the region”. “It’s slowly evolving...we’re a small town that’s growing in the region but we have a lot to offer,” she said.
“There’s a lot happening, we’ve got the Victoria Welsh Male Choir performing at the Devon Park woolshed on Friday night. Then on Saturday is our mosaic to mountain fun run up into the Grampians and back into town.
“And all day Saturday we’ve got market stalls so we’re encouraging anyone who wants to start their Christmas shopping to come.”
Sculpture has emerged as a much anticipated part of the weekend with a dozen of the large artworks lining Salt Creek.
Exhibition curator Annette Huf said sculptures from around the state would begin arriving tomorrow. “They look great dotted along Salt Creek,” she said.
“We’re actually acquiring the winning sculpture. We’ve got two there so far. The idea is that we can develop an arts precinct in the town.”
The cricket club, kindergarten and community hall are all using the weekend as key fund-raisers for upcoming projects.