GRIFFITH’S welders are squeezing in final touches on this year’s citrus sculptures which will be erected on Sunday.
A record 60 sculptures will line Banna Avenue between Jondaryan Avenue and Crossing Street thanks to 11 new entrants from businesses and charities.
Visitor information centre manager Mirella Guidolin said there won’t be a spare patch of grass this year.
“There were five sculptures in 1995 and there are 60 in 2013 which goes to show how much Griffith has embraced the sculptures,” Ms Guidolin said.
“Community involvement with the sculptures is at an all-time high involving businesses, schools, service clubs, Rotarian and Probus groups.
“There will be a huge number of visitors coming to Griffith during October who will get the chance to see the sculptures, which makes the effort even more worthwhile.”
Local businessman Marcel Guidolin is constructing three new sculptures for his family’s businesses and the Christian Churches Association.
The sculpture show offers businesses a great chance to engage with the community, Mr Guidolin said.
“This is a chance for Griffith to show the rest of Australia something unique about our town and I am proud to be a part of it,” Mr Guidolin said.
“When we put the sculptures up on Sunday morning I will be joined by some of my staff, my sister and my father.
“My kids always look forward to seeing all the wonderful sculptures and I am proud that I have helped contribute three of them.”
Tourist numbers in October will be boosted thanks to the arrival of 15 coach groups for the festival of gardens, a number of touring car clubs and about 700 Italians for the Trevisani nel Mondo reunion.
For more information about the citrus sculptures or any of the October festivals, visit www.visitgriffith.com.au or call 1800 681 141.