Lots of features in this year’s Orange Festival

July 15, 2011

The focus will be on creating a colourful and fun filled day for locals and visitors of all ages, Organisation Development Director, Leeah Daley has stated in her report to the Community Services and Planning Committee meeting to be held this week in Bingara.

Mrs Daley states that help from the Bingara Lions has been enlisted to coordinate the placement of the market stalls. The SES will be supervising the parade, marshalling and making sure that it runs smoothly.  The parade will commence at 1 pm and to register your float please contact Tracey Carr at Council on 0267 242 000 or email mail@gwydir.nsw.gov.au.  A parade is a great opportunity to get involved and promote your community group.

The theme of this year’s parade will be ‘Bingara and its history, what it means to me’.  Suggestions for a float;Myall Creek, The Roxy, Prominent business or people, Allan Cunningham’s story.

Two special additions to the festival are the plaque unveiling, reaffirming the sister city relationship between Gwydir and Willoughby and a Citizenship Ceremony for a local woman.

There are some new additions to the program, the first being the Busking Competition with a prize pool of $600. It is hoped that this will attract some quality acts from the local area and further afield.

Another new addition is the Outrageous Orange Cook Off and the Orange Novelty Events. There will be longest orange toss, best orange juggler, orange and spoon racing, orange bobbing, longest orange peel competition.

The Outrageous Orange Cook categories will be:  Best Juice – must contain orange juice,  Orange cake, Other orange dessert, Jam, Any other dish containing Oranges, Junior – Under 12, any dish.

The Orange Carving contest – Jacko lanterns or anything else the imagination can come up with.It is hoped this will encourage community spirit and participation, as well as add to the atmosphere on the day.

Live music from Marty and the Moochers, a popular brass band from Moree with a blues/jazz sound, will conclude the day.