ONE OF THE BEST! A weekend to remember.

July 3, 2015

What a great festival! This seems to be the general consensus amongst locals and visitors from far and wide. The weather was warm, the sun was bright and the community spirit was alive. Whether you enjoyed the Orange Picking, danced the night away at the Orange Festival Charity Queen and Princess Ball or just enjoyed a wonderful day on Saturday with the family, this year’s Orange Festival has been dubbed ‘one of the best.’

The annual orange picking kick-started events on Friday afternoon, with school students picking oranges from the trees which line Finch Street. This was followed by the Orange Festival Charity Queen and Princess Ball on Friday night. The Fun Run on Saturday morning was well supported with over 130 participating but it could be said the highlight of the entire event was the festival parade which many said was “best they’ve seen.”

In line with the 100 Years of Anzac, the street came alive during the festival parade with marching bands, old style cars, wartime memorabilia not to mention a mass of local children and adults dressed as soldiers, nurses and even wounded patients. The icing on the cake came with flyover of four aircraft from RAAF Base Williamtown which timed their arrival perfectly with the parade.

“It was a very successful weekend,” said Gwydir Shire Council Tourism Officer, Jenny Mead.

“We have had many comments from people in the Visitors Information Centre and others who have pulled us up in the street and commented on how fabulous the weekend was.”

“People from as far away as Wollongong have commented on how much they enjoyed the festival and the community spirit which comes with it.”

Community spirit is exactly what makes the Orange Festival one of the most well known in the region and the weekend proved to be full of community support with masses of locals heading down to enjoy the activities on offer. There was something for all members of the family. From the fun run which kicked the Saturday festival off to the rock climbing wall, kids corner in Fay’s Park, stalls, films in the Roxy Theatre and the list goes on.

The Orange Festival Charity Queen and Princess Ball has also received many positive comments with those who attended enjoying a night of music played by the National Australian Navy Band who managed to have everyone up and dancing by night’s end.

Adding to the festival was the official launch of the Bingara Soundtrails app.

Bingara Advocate dated July i, 2015 is packed with wonderful photographs which captured the essence of the event.