Melbourne web developer Isaac Norman makes event app with friends for the 2016 Yackandandah Folk Festival

APP-ART OF THE COMMUNITY: Isaac Norman, Claire Taylor and Chris Jewell donated their skills and time and made an app for the Yackandandah Folk Festival in exchange for a ticket and a few rounds at the bar.
APP-ART OF THE COMMUNITY: Isaac Norman, Claire Taylor and Chris Jewell donated their skills and time and made an app for the Yackandandah Folk Festival in exchange for a ticket and a few rounds at the bar.

YOU can take the boy out of the country but you can't take the country out of the boy. 

Yackandandah born web developer  Isaac Norman said he and his colleagues, from Melbourne digital agency Papercloud, had created the first ever app for the town's annual folk festival. 

"I bought a bunch of friends home from Melbourne for last year's festival and we all had a really good time," he said. 

"We wanted to contribute something back and we figured because we make apps for a living we could make the festival one."

Mr Norman, Claire Taylor and Chris Jewell met up once a week after hours to work on the app. 

"It took about two months," Mr Jewell said. 

"It was just something fun to do in our spare time outside of the office.

"I saw the ABC's Backroads episode about the town and they talked a lot about the Yackandandah spirit and I thought this was really what it was about."

Festival committee member Michael Rosenbock said the group had made a fantastic app.

"It's something that has been on our wishlist for a few years now and they've made a really beautiful looking app," he said. 

"It has a full program, artist biographies, a map of the venues around town and is linked to our social media channels.

"It gives people a free portable program in their pocket and it works offline."

Mr Norman, Ms Taylor and Mr Jewell are a part of a team of more than 120 festival volunteers. 

This year is the first time the festival has sold out of tickets with more than 1300 available to the public. 

Festival director Chris Smith attributed the popularity of the festival to the reputation it had gained over the past 19 years. 

"It's a great festival with a fantastic family environment," he said. 

"With the success of the ticket sales this year we are already making plans to include a bigger marquee for next year."

Although tickets have sold out there is plenty of free music venues and activities around the town during the weekend. 

The festival kicks off Friday with the opening parade down High Street at 6pm and will carry on through to Sunday evening.