Summer is time to party in Yea
THE January long weekend will see the historic town of Yea become the centre for music, singing, dance, art displays, food and local wine as the community celebrates its third Arts Carnivale.
Already, local farmers and children are preparing their marvellous hay-bale art to be displayed around Yea and on all approaches to the town, setting the mood for a fun time.
Over the four days this summer the pretty town of Yea is the place to be, with something for everyone and fabulous events scheduled from Friday, January 22 through to Australia Day on Tuesday, January 26.
Festivities kick off with the official opening on Friday afternoon at Yea’s remarkable 19th century railway station with its surrounding 11 acres of parkland and playgrounds.
The exciting “big band” sound of the fabulous “Redgaters” will fill the park with jazz and swing music and make it almost impossible not to want to get up and dance.
Meanwhile the kids can make the most of the many fun projects on offer while parents enjoy the local food and wine.
Through to Australia Day, the Yea Rotary Club’s grand annual art show will display some wonderful work from renowned local artists.
Saturday will see buskers performing throughout the shopping strip, while at the beautiful racecourse, thoroughbreds of all kinds will be putting on a show.
The Yea Cup might be the feature event, but others will be more interested in the “Best Hat Competition” while the kids will love the free jumping castle and other fun activities.
Sunday sees the action at another historic venue – the Cheviot Tunnel.
Built around 1889, the solid brick tunnel is about five kilometres from Yea and is part of the Great Victorian Rail Trail, which now hosts cyclists, walkers and horseriders along the track between Tallarook and Mansfield.
Walk or ride there to see this beautiful piece of 19th century engineering and enjoy the buskers – along with other surprises, or go on a scenic drive to the highlands and visit talented local artists at work in their studios.
On Monday there will be more fun and arts in and around Yea, while the Australia Day holiday on Tuesday sees the culmination of the Carnivale that includes breakfast in town and the “paint-out” at the Yea Wetlands.
So along with your dancing shoes, bring your paints, brushes and easel and an open mind to enjoy a magnificent long weekend in Yea.
Visit www.yeaartscarnivale.com.au or follow the Carnivale on Facebook for the latest news.
CULTURE: Music, dance and the arts will be celebrated throughout the historic region during the Yea Arts Carnivale in January.