The Bingara Orange Festival held August 4, has been hailed the biggest and best yet. The Festival Officially opened by Member for Northern Tablelands, Richard Torbay, attracted a crowd of over 1500 to watch the parade, which was one of the biggest in the festival’s history.
The festival officially began at 9.00am and the crowd grew throughout the morning.
Radio 2NZ manager and personality, Greg Kachel was kept busy during the entire day’s proceedings as the "roving MC".
Rides in Cunningham Street kept the children entertained, but Maitland Street was the main centre of activity, with entertainer John McInnes then Toni Swain and the Velvetones providing live entertainment.
|The Summer Swing Dance Studio dancers from Inverell were again very popular with the crowd.|
|The dog show again attracted a wide range of entrants, with all contestants getting along reasonably well. The only exception was a slight disagreement between a cattle dog and a boxer, but both entrants kept their decorum.|
Most businesses in Maitland Street reported strong sales due to the influx of visitors.
A bit hit with the crowd was the official launch of the ‘Bingara boys’ calendar.
The Orange festival culminated in the production of Wilde Tales at the Roxy Theatre which saw the theatre filled to capacity.