Real blast

A Lego replica of the Saturn V rocket which was involved in the moon landing more than 50 years ago was the talk of the town at the Gore Brick Event at the weekend.

It was the first time the 2m-high sculpture created by Ryan McNaught, of Brisbane, had been on display in Southland.

The model is now owned by Martin Monk, of Auckland.

Lego enthusiasts James (5, left) and his brother Micheal (6) Curley, both of Waikaka, were among the 500 people who visited the event, held at the Gore Town and Country Club.

Lego Users Group (Lug) South event organiser Gavin Evans said it had been fantastic.

"It's been great. It's got a real community feel to it.

"There's been lots of families playing in the building pits. It's all focused on the fun of building Lego and enjoying it," Mr Evans said.

About 16 exhibitors from places ranging from Dunedin to Invercargill displayed their work, which included replicas of the Sydney Opera House, the Taj Mahal, the Statue of Liberty and a painting of musician Alice Cooper.

Lug was a recognised trust and money raised from the event would go towards helping sick children throughout Southland, Mr Evans said.

The event would be held in Dunedin on October 5 and 6.

 - Kayla Hodge

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