It’s that time of the year again for Yorke Peninsula to get back to its Cornish roots.
The Kernewek Lowender Copper Coast Cornish Festival will entertain and delight the region and its visitors on May 19-21 2017.
The event is a unique major cultural festival for South Australia that has been held biennially in the Copper Coast towns of Moonta, Wallaroo and Kadina since 1973. The event typically attracts over 40,000 people to celebrate the long-standing Cornish heritage of the towns.
This year the South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill will officially open the festival. Spending the day in Moonta to watch the procession, Furry Dance and Maypole dancing, the Premier will then open the proceedings in Queens Square on Friday May 19.
The festival provides great entertainment for all ages and is supported by the passionate community. There will be more associated activities put on by the community than ever before, with something for everyone! You’ll see Cornish Jacks and Jennies dressed to the nines, every man woman and child devouring plenty of Cornish pasties and the crowds will create a friendly buzz keeping the atmosphere warm and inviting.
On Friday, the Pasty Bake Off will fill the streets with excitement where local students and VIP guests will bake off to make the best pasty from scratch the quickest! Maypole dancing will commence mid-morning on the main street of Moonta, with the Furry Dance kicking off just after noon before the Official Festival Opening in Queen Square.
On Saturday, Maypole dancing and Furry Dance will once again fill the streets followed by the Cousin Jack and Jenny Competition, where all will compete dressing in traditional Cornish attire to win special prizes.
Sunday will see the RAA Rosewarnes Classic Cavalcade of Cars and Motor Cycles depart at 10am travelling to Moonta and on to Kadina oval. The event attracts more than 500 motoring enthusiasts’ entries from around Australia and will line the streets with a large variety of vehicles which will be a sight to see!
It is also a fantastic time to visit Moonta Mines to further explore the Cornish heritage of the region. This historic site was recently added to the National Heritage List and is a must-visit whilst attending the Kernewek Lowender - Copper Coast Cornish Festival.
View the official program for more information on the associated activities, displays, exhibitions and entertainment planned for the weekend.