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High Country Music Fest
The annual Yackandandah Folk Festival will be staged over the weekend Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th of March at a variety of venues in Yackandandah and featuring performances by a long list of local and overseas artists.
Yackandandah's annual Folk Festival is staged in the town centre, right in the heart of the 19th century National Trust Classified streetscape. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
The event will open with a parade down High Street commencing at 6.30 PM on Friday evening, led by the local brass band and followed by a Bush Dance.
All venues for this year's event, including the Court House, Graces's Place, the Public Hall, Star Hotel and the High Street Stage, are located within the town boundary, providing easy access and accentuating Yackandandah's 'village' appeal. High Street will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the festival.
A strong line-up of talent includes Bohemian Nights, Corin Raymond, Elephant Sessions, Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, Laura Hill, The Coconut Kids and the Knott Family Band to name just a few.
The Sunday Market run by Yackandandah Primary School will be a feature again this year. It will be held in High and Wellford Streets and commence at 9 AM.
There'll be plenty of good food available at the Festival Food Court, which will be open on Friday night, all day Saturday and Saturday night.
Now in its 21st year, the Yackandandah Folk Festival just gets bigger and better each year, providing great entertainment in a very relaxed and historic environment.
A 3-Day Festival Pass is as follows: Adults $100, Concession & Student Card Holders $90, Youth (aged 16 to 18 years) $40. Children 15 years and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
Day Tickets cost Adults $50 for Friday, $75 on Saturday and $55 on Sunday. Concession and Student Card Holder prices are $40 on Friday, $65 on Saturday and $45 on Sunday.
Unpowered campsites with toilet and shower facilities will be available at Yack Sports Park and Butson Park. Cost per caravan/motorhome or 2 tents/2 cars/2 people is 1-night $25, 2-nights $50, 3-nights $75 or 4-nights $100 plus $10 for each additional person per night.
Of course, Yackandandah is at the centre of one of Victoria's premier tourism destinations, so there's plenty of great accommodation available in the region.
Yackandandah is a small former gold mining town in the Stanley State Forest, quite close to Beechworth and Wodonga. Today it's a great place to visit, a charming and relaxed township boasting a permanent population of less than 1000 people and with its beautifully preserved 19th Century commercial centre classified by the National Trust.
Yackandandah is 308 Kilometres northeast of Melbourne, about a 3½ - hour drive via the M31 Hume Freeway to Wangaratta and then the C315.
Cost:A 3-Day Festival Pass costs Adults $100, Concession & Student Card Holders $90, Youth (16 to 18 years) $40. 15 years and under free when accompanied by an adult. Day tickets are available - see article for full details.