Enjoy the elements at Llano Earth Art Festival
LLANO — Stone balancing, fire spinning, bellydancing, a fashion circus, and even a walking tree are just some of the features to see at the Llano Earth Art Festival.
LEAF returns for its third year Friday-Monday, March 10-13, in Grenwelge Park on the Llano River.
The World Rock Stacking Championships are Saturday’s main gravity-defying attraction, bringing competitors from around the world.
Interested in trying a steady hand at rock stacking? Check out the rules, download a waiver, and register at llanoearthartfest.org.
The competition has four categories: tallest stack, best balancing act, most amazing arch, and best artistic design.
The festival isn’t just for rock stackers, though. There will be live music; acrobats, jugglers, and belly dancers; fire spinners; drum circles; vendors schilling earth-centered products; workshops on holistic medicines, permaculture, primitive fire starting, and crafts; a rock-climbing wall; and much more.
Binky La Faye, founder of LEAF and a Llano native, looks forward to seeing the art that people create.
“I really love that our festival is participatory, and we invite people to get involved,” she said. “You can make a mandala, or earth art, or stack some stones. Everyone’s invited to get involved, and most people do.”
There will also be the “Walking Tree of Life,” a 12-foot, living, breathing, moving tree (well, actually, a man dressed like one). The Walking Tree will be exploring the festival for photo opportunities throughout each day of the festival.
Dress in your most eccentric, bizarre, and quirky outfit for the Fashion Circus. Participants will showcase their outfits and talents on stage and then participate in a parade around the festival grounds.
The entertainment goes into the night, so people can set up camp at the park. Tent camping is $15, while car camping costs $20. You can also get creative with your campground by registering a theme camp with LEAF and decorating your area, holding a mini-party, or throwing an interactive art experience.
Before the festival even starts, the Dabbs Railroad Hotel, which offers a magnificent view of the park from its back porch, will host the “LEAF on the Rocks” cocktail party at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 9, with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, desserts, live music, and a chance to rub elbows with LEAF’s “rock stars.”
“My favorite part of the festival is the vibe, the whole atmosphere,” La Faye said. “Everybody’s in a good mood, having fun, creating art.”
General admission to LEAF is $5 in advance or $10 at the gate. Ages 15 and younger get in free.
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