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The York Festival is On Again - Don't Miss Out on This One
The York Festival attracts thousands of people to WA's oldest inland town.

York Festival 2016

Programme highlights this year will include:
The Western Saloon alternate country music festival
The Mt Brown Run-Cycle
Roald Dahl's "The Twits" presented by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
Designer markets
The Great Gold Hunt
The Hay Bale Challenge sculpture competition

There will be plenty of art and general stalls

The York Festival, promises a weekend of fantastic arts, interactive activities, culture and entertainment, food, stalls and it is now run by a newly incorporated Not For Profit association York Arts & Events Inc.

There will be something for everyone at this year's Festival and plenty of entertainment for adults and children alike!

Heaps of things for children to do


HAY BALE CHALLENGE - what can you do with a bale of hay?

The Organisers are throwing down the gauntlet and setting all creative people a very exciting challenge. Using no more than one Australian standard small hay bale, they are challenging you to create something extraordinary for the 2017 Hay Bale Challenge.

There are no restrictions on what the "artwork" or "handiwork" is, provided you use a maximum of one standard small bale (900 mm x 375 mm x 450 mm and 27 kgs) or smaller.

One of last year's entries

Other materials can be used provided that the artwork, in the opinion of the judges, is mainly a work from only one bale of hay (or straw).

Although last year's winners were working with the same basic material, Natalie Tonkin and John Ilmenstein used markedly different techniques to end up with quite distinctive and interesting results.

One of last year's entries entitled SPLASH

In Splash, constructed mainly using glue, John Ilmenstein managed to capture the moment a drop hits water.

While Natalie used difficult intricate stitch work to create her entry Mouse Nest.

Both artists' skilful dexterity enabled them to achieve remarkable outcomes and demonstrated what can be created out of a single bale of hay!

All work must be transportable and available to be displayed outside in York during the festival, and all artworks submitted for the Hay Bale Challenge can be made available for sale (commission is applicable to all artworks sold).

A panel of judges or the jury will assess entries for the Judge's prize of $1,000 and there is a People's Choice award of $200.

In order to enter this imaginative competition, you must complete the Entry Form and pay a $25 entry fee. The last date to get your Entry Forms in is the close of business on 31st August 2017 and you must include images of your entry.

While they would prefer a completed image of your work, images of work in progress will be accepted! You will then receive a Notification of Participation, which will be sent out to all entrants within 7 days of receiving the Entry Form.

The venue is at Trooper's Yard, which is at the rear of the Courthouse.

If you have a problem with delivery to York, please contact the organisers to make alternative arrangements.

Completed works must be delivered by September 2017, and you will need to buy your bale of hay or straw from your nearest pet supply store.

This programme is now in its second year and is an Act-Belong-Commit programme.

It is run entirely on paved roads, and the event will suit runners, walkers, cyclists and duathletes - this is an athletic event that consists of a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and then another running leg in a format bearing some resemblance to triathlons.

Map of the course

There are four categories for this event, and it will therefore, appeal to both recreational and serious runners, while the Heart Health warm up phase will enable participants to enjoy a historical tour of York before going on the challenge to go up and down Mt Brown.

Mt Brown

The event will also be electronically timed and all participants who complete the event will be given the Perth Integrated Health Sports Medal, and it will be held on Saturday 16th September starting at 7 am.

Sunrise Walk - Community Walk Event: 4.5 km
Polar Perth Walk - Run: 4.5 km
York Festival Run: 9.0 km
Run-Cycle-Run: 4.5 km 9.0 km 4.5 km

Registration fees are as follows:
Category 1: $35 per person: Sunrise Walk / Community Walk Event: 4.5 km
Category 2: $35 per person: Polar Perth Walk-Run 4.5 km
Category 3: $45 per person: York Festival Run 9.0 km
Category 4: $45 per person: Run - Cycle - Run 4.5 km 9.0 km 4.5 km

Registration is from 16th September from 6:00 am onwards.

Walk Phase – Heritage York
Heart Health is the sports medicine theme for this Event in which Categories 1, 2 and 3 participants will WALK through historic York. They will commence from the York Post Office and walk down to Avon Park, and then across the historic Swing Bridge.

Entrance to the York swing bridge

This year there will be workshops that will be held during July, both in York and Moora, and these are aimed at giving prospective entrants the opportunity to learn some of the skills needed to work with the material. For more information, check out this site.

The stalls will be located on the ground floor of the Town Hall, in the courtyard outside, along Joaquina Street and in Peace Park.

Great treasures to find at the market stalls

The York Festival supports mental health awareness initiatives through the Kai Eardley Fund. This Fund has a mission to raise awareness of mental health and deliver programmes for young adult males like the Man Up masculinity workshops which are facilitated by Tom Bell and Tom Harkin.

You can show your support by making a donation or getting involved. Find out more here.

The historic wheat belt town of York is just a one hour's drive east of Perth, off the Great Southern Highway.

York has long been a popular destination for weddings, special events, day visitors and weekend escapes, and is a "quaint" town with a lovely atmosphere.

York was settled in 1831, and is WA's first inland settlement and sits nestled in the beautiful Avon Valley. It boasts many striking examples of grand early colonial architecture, as well as excellent museums including:

The York Town Hall
The Residency Museum
The Courthouse Precinct
The York Motor Museum
Tipperary School
The Sandalwood Yards

16th and 17th September, 2017

10 am to 4.30 pm daily

Avon Terrace,
The hub of The York Festival will be the
York Town Hall, and surrounds.

Where the Festival begins!

Entry for spectators to most Festival events is FREE or by gold coin donation, except for certain ticketed events.

Wheelchair access all venues

York is an easy 1-hour drive east of the Perth - off the Great Southern Highway.

Free parking
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Why? For a weekend of Festivities and Fun as well as challenges!
When: Saturday 16th September to 17th September, 2017
Where: York, WA
Cost: Varies and mostly free for spectators
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