Sum­mer is time to party in Yea

North East Tourist News - - 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.yeaartscar­ni­ 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.

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