The second competition, 2 years later, has attracted more sponsors and more tourist traffic along this scenic back rd. Louise Spicer from Lou’s cafe in Cumnock has noticed this increase in traffic and said;
“We have recently upgraded to a new coffee machine and new coffee grinder with Bill’s Beans to cater for the increased business from caravaners and tourists stopping for a cuppa along their trip down the sculpture trail”.
Cabonne Council has noticed an increase in traffic and improved roadwork and bridgework is being undertaken.
Organisers are anticipating another 40 sculptures to be erected, aiming to take total to 100 “Animals on Bikes” sculptures by 2012.
The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW has been an enormous help with providing assistance to help fund 10 schools and 8 show societies to enter a masterpiece that represents their town and area.
Sculptures are due to be completed on Sunday 6th November 2011, which allows the judges and photographic canvases to be printed ready for the Presentation night on Saturday 26th November 2011 6-9pm. Categories include;
· Best Farm Animal on a Bike (NEW category)
· Best Zoo Animal on a Bike
· Best Local Endangered or Threatened Species on Bike (NEW)
· Best Sculpture made by a Community Group
· Best Farmer or farmer’s wife sculpture
· Best Letter mail box design
· Best sculpture made by a School group (NEW category)
· Best sculpture made by a Show society (New category)
· Most humorous sculpture (New category)
A People's Choice Award will also be presented on the night.
The first entry has been received by Laurelle Neville, Les and Elaine Hunter from Yeoval called “The Rabbits” (pictured below) which is made up of a Feed bin, Sheet iron, witches hats, old rusty bed, trolley on wheels, plough seat group, bikes and golf balls and placed halfway between Cumnock and Yeoval.
Another pig on a bike has appeared next to the Cumnock Police station since the last competition, although no official entry received yet!
“Most sculptures have been constructed from old farm yard scraps and recycled materials from backyards and tips, and that is what makes them so quirky and appealing to passing ttravellers” said Christine Weston one of the organisers.
An Entry form, more photos and information available at the updated NEW website www.animalsonbikes.com.au