Cornish festival huge drawcard for Copper Coast


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By Megan Voo

It’s that time of the year again – the Yorke Peninsula is getting back to its Cornish roots.

The Kernewek Lowender Copper Coast Cornish Festival will delight locals and visitors alike from May 19-21. A unique major cultural event for South Australia, the Festival has been held biennially in the Copper Coast Towns of Moonta, Wallaroo and Kadina since 1973.

More than 40,000 people are set to head to the region to celebrate the long-standing Cornish heritage of the towns.

Tayla Daniel, Executive Officer of Kernewek Lowender, says this year’s Festival is more exciting than ever and will see increased support from the local community. “The community is taking on more elements of the planning process, joining forces as a region and showcasing the passion and spirit of the Cornish heritage that is present in the Copper Coast to this day.”

“This year’s festival will see local community groups selling Cornish pasties, schools participating in Maypole and Furry Dancing, and businesses dressing up in traditional Cornish attire and decorating their stores to boost the festive atmosphere.”

This year the South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill will officially open the festival. Spending the day in Moonta, the Premier will hen open the proceedings in Queens Square on Friday May 19. “It’s another fantastic opportunity to showcase our spectacular region and strong Cornish heritage.” Mr Weatherill said.

On Friday, the Pasty Bake Off will see local students and VIP guests race 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.

Maypole dancing and Furry Dance will fill the streets on the Saturday, followed by the Cousin Jack and Jenny Competition, where all will compete dressing in traditional Cornish attire to win 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.

Although the main events will be held over the weekend, over 50 events will be occurring throughout the region starting May 16th. Check out the program.

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