THE Heartland Festival weekend couldn't have started much better, with the Gayndah Art Gallery recording its biggest attendance as the official opener to the weekend.
Gayndah Art Gallery Director Wendy Kirk said the biggest attendance prior to the Heartland event was around 100 people.
"We nearly tripled our regular attendance for art shows and competitions," Mrs Kirk said.
"We had around 120 people when the gallery opened and for the wine and cheese night this past week we had 220 people through the door."
Mrs Kirk said the local produce and wine was a big hit with the crowd.
"They all loved our winery and talked about trying out our produce, we used locally sourced produce for our food," Mrs Kirk said.
"It was a really good thing to see."
The art gallery worked with the Heartland Festival as the official opener and Mrs Kirk said that played a big part in the night's success.
"I also think the media coverage that we got and the booklets we sent out really helped to get the word out," Mrs Kirk said.
"We will certainly make sure there is a good exhibition in there for future festivals."
Mrs Kirk was also the night's big winner by taking out the Open Category for her art work which she did not expect.
"I nearly cried, I've never won anything before," Mrs Kirk said.
"I thought I might have a chance for the people's choice with friends voting for me but not this."
Mrs Kirk thanked the efforts of the team who helped cater the evening and served food and beverages.
"They all did a great job and handled everything with no worries," Mrs Kirk said.
"We are definitely happy with how the night turned out and people said they would come back for more, we will continue to come up with new and fresh ideas to draw people back."
The other winners for the night were Lil Maxwell for miniatures, Judy Ferris for section 3, Trevor Kirk for Sculpture and Kelli Major for emerging artist.
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