Competition hot at Wimmera Field Days

REGION - Organisers of the Victorian Farm Sculpture Competition held annually at the Wimmera Machinery Field Days are excited to announce new competition categories and increased prize money as part of the competition.

Now in its ninth year the Victorian Farm Sculpture competition drew more than 50 entries from across the region in 2013 and was a popular and successful feature of the Field Days.

Field Days Manager Murray Wilson said that the overwhelming success and large number of entries has given the competition an opportunity to inject more new and exciting features for this year.

"We will be introducing more entry categories, giving entrants more chances to win great prizes," he said.

"Along with our fantastic first prize and open competitions we now offer categories for Farm Sculptures to be made out of wire, corrugated iron and a small sculpture category."

Mr Wilson said Ace Radio had also come on board as a key supporter and it is great to have them back as they were an inaugural sponsor back in 2006 and were involved for many years.

Prize money on offer as part of the competition has now increased to $6000 for 2014.

Agritech Rural has returned as the major sponsor for another year.

"We are proud to continue our long association with supporting the Victorian Farm Sculpture Competition at the Field Days," director Daryl McCrae said.

The Victorian Farm Sculpture state champion for 2013, Ross Campbell from Nhill, as part of his first prize, entered his winning Farm Sculpture and some other works at the National Farm Sculpture awards at the Spirit of the Land Festival held in Lockhart NSW last October, where first prize is an incredible $10,000.

Liz Pertzel from the Spirit of the Land Festival said: "It is fantastic to have a partnership with the Wimmera Field Days and the Victorian Farm Sculpture competition and we look forward to hosting this year's winner at our festival again this October."

The 2014 Victorian Farm Sculpture competition offers $6000 in prize money with first prize winner taking home $2500 and travel and accommodation to Lockhart NSW to compete in the Spirit of the Land Festival.

Entries are now being taken with all Farm Sculptures on display at the 2014 Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

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