Like many progressive country towns, Young has been developing a series of festivals and activities throughout the year. Two particularly stand out – the National Cherry Festival and the Lambing Flat Festival.
‘Young is the place to be during the Cherry season. The National Cherry Festival is celebrating its 62nd Anniversary in 2011 and is going to even bigger and better with many new events planned. Young receives thousands of visitors from Australia and beyond during the festival, providing the opportunity to the community of Young – also known as the Cherry Capital of Australia – to celebrate not only the cherry season and harvest (November-December), but the strong sense of pride that exists within the town.
The 62nd National Cherry Festival is being held on the 2nd – 4th of December 2011 with the Street Parade being held on the 3rd of December. Other highlights of the festival include the Cherry Queen Ball & Crowning, Celtic Tattoo, Cherry Festival Carnival, Bush Poets, markets & stalls and much more. There are also many fringe events being held in the build up to the main festival.
The festival commenced as an annual Blossom Carnival which was first held in 1949. The "Blossom Festival" quickly grew and it was decided from a visitors view point that holding the Festival during the Cherry Harvest itself would be more beneficial to the growers in the district with roadside sales of fruit to visitors for the Festival. Thus the Cherry Festival was born.
Pick your Own' cherries are available from mid-November until Christmas, creating the perfect excuse to take a memorable trip to this region
The Lambing Flat Festival is held in April and features Morris dancers, gold panning demonstrations, whip cracking and horse and carriage rides. The award winning Festival is great fun for all the family. The Festival acknowledges Young's rich history and raises awareness of the significant cultural events that occurred in Young in the 1860's.
The Festival will be held in the historic Carrington Park on Saturday April 18 near the site where the Riot Act was read to miners on the July 14 1861. The area around Burrangong Creek, the actual location of the original gold discovery, is set to come to life with historical re-enactments, an outdoor music concert, wine expo, a bush ranger artefacts display and market stalls. The town’s museum will also be open where visitors can see the ‘Roll Up Banner’ that was used in the riots of 1861 and Cobb & Co. coach rides will whisk people around the town.
This should be a great day out with the whole family with live theatre, music and entertainment. Learn how to crack a whip and pan for gold or view displays of antique tractors and engines. With market stalls, face painting, amusement rides, guided history tours and a full day's line-up of entertainment there will be something for everyone.