WITH more than 3000 people finding their way to the foot of the Grampians last weekend, Discover Dunkeld organisers are confident they’ve struck a winning formula.
The young event has morphed from its early beginnings as a mosaic festival into three days of activities ranging from male choirs to fun runs around the mountains.
Chairwoman Paula Kelly was straightforward about the success. “We’re thrilled. The crowd was happy, the stallholders were happy,” she said.
“We’ve already had people approach us with events for the weekend (next year).”
Partly a community fundraiser but also a promotional event to lure tourists, it is expected to raise thousands of dollars towards local projects including a new community centre. A craft market in the park on Saturday also drew more than 2500 people, according to organisers.
Cape Bridgewater sculptor Brian Kermond took out the Lost in Sculpture top prize with a larger-than-life recreation of sunflowers.
Purchased by the committee with the Maria & Allan Myers Acquisitive Award, the work will remain a permanent fixture by Salt Creek.
A dozen other sculptures will remain on show at the spot until November 2.