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All things cherry and more, just 4 hours from Sydney
It's been a while since I've been to Young but all things cherry I love and the town comes alive again to celebrate this well loved fruit of the region. This year's festival over 3 days will see a variety of activities as well as the street parade and markets, music and bands.
Event highlights include:
Cherry Pie Eating Championship - put on by Wilders Bakery, you can enter on the day but numbers are limited. Junior and senior prize categories. A celebrity round will also take place.
Street Parade - takes place on Saturday from 4pm in Boorowa Street with colourful floats, human cherries, performers and vintage cars.
Donges Super IGA Big Breakfast - for $3 on Sunday from 7-10am you can get breakfast fit for a king in front of the Visitors Information Centre.
Hilltops Wine Expo - taste some of the best wines from this cool climate region. You can purchase vouchers from $2.
Car Show - over 100 cars on show next to Autopro. These will be judged and prizes awarded. A BBQ on the day will take place with proceeds going to the Salvation Army.
Busking Competition - a $600 prize up for grabs. If you've got some talent then why not enter. You can do this at M&M's Music Studio.
Orchard tours - pick your own cherries for $10 per person. I've done this a couple of times and you get a real country experience in the open fresh air. Book through the Visitors Information Centre. It includes return coach transport as well.
Quick Shear - catch some of the best shearers in action at the back of the Australian Hotel.
Hawkesbury Working Kelpies Demonstrations - see these Aussie sheep dogs working their magic in Anderson Park.
The above are just some of what is part of a jam-packed program. There's lots of great music at the M&M's Yamaha Music Stage, Sideshow Alley amusements and rides, a Farmers Market with great fresh and gourmet produce from local producers, fireworks, and more. Santa will also make an appearance. Kids can get their photo taken with him at the Southern Cross Cinema and receive a lolly bag.
A lot of the action takes place in Anderson Park in Lovell Street along with the town's main street, Boorowa St. A full program and maps available here.
If you still have spare time then check out some of these places - Poppa's Fudge Factory, JD's Jam Factory, and the gardens and water features within Chinaman's Dam at Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Garden.
Take away a great country spirit and maybe some cherry pie and cherry jam.