A four-metre tall (13 ft) woollen beanie (wooly hat ) will be raised in Alice Springs tonight as the central Australian town's 10th annual Beanie Festival gets under way.
The festival runs across the weekend with workshops and a national competition for the best beanie.
The director of the festival, Jo Nixon, says people from all over Australia are paying homage to the humble head warmer.
"Its a huge community, I really noticed that this year we've had women arrive over the last three days from all over Australia who have been ringing me," she said.
"There was a huge bus that came up from Melbourne, all together these women drove up the Stuart Highway in a bus making beanies, knitting and crocheting and laughing all the way."