Orange Festival plans gather momentum

June 28, 2008

Calling all float builders
As this year’s Orange Festival draws closer, organisers have renewed their call for various community organisations and individuals to consider entering a float in the parade.

“Music! Music! Music!”, this year’s Festival theme, presents a perfect opportunity for everyone to get into the act. Participants need not necessarily decorate the back of a truck; utes, other conveyances and even ‘shanks pony’ are encouraged. Perhaps we will see the return of the legendary “dancing man”.

With six weeks to go, plan your entry! All enquiries should go to Festival Coordinator Nancy MacInnes or Gwydir Shire Events coordinator, Rebecca Mack (6724 2020). It is necessary to formally list your float or entry so that the parade can be properly put in the best sequence.

As was the case last year, members of the Inverell Antique Car Club will be participating in the parade, which will take place at 1 pm.

In other major developments for the Festival:-
• A food court, featuring varied dishes from local organisations, will be situated in the Civic Centre. With a crowd exceeding 2,000 certain, this, along with the efforts of our commercial food outlets, will be needed to cope with the demand.

Food court organiser Nancy Capel is delighted at the response from last week’s meeting, and will continue to plan individually with the various people and organisations.

• The Central Entertainment Stage, and associated seating, will move from outside the Council offices up to Fays Park. This is necessitated by the need to build a larger stage to accommodate Sydney Jazz Band, the Brazz Boys.

• To allow for an expected increase in the number of market stalls, the Festival area will be extended south along Maitland Street to the Toy Library area. This will also allow a bit more room for people to move around the various stalls.

• The Inverell Antique Car Club Rally, which previously had been held at Cunningham Park, will now be just off the main street, in Cunningham Street. This will allow people to move among the cars, and talk to their proud owners, throughout the morning.

• Sydney band, The Brazz Boys – consisting of nine highly talented young jazz musicians from Sydney, will be staging a concert at the Roxy on the Friday night, with all proceeds from the gold coin entry donation going to the Gwydir Schools music program. The band will spend Friday workshopping with the Gwydir Schools Jazz Band. They will also be a major feature of the Festival program the next day.

• A rich array of other entertainment has been booked – Armidale Band “The Frothblowers”, an Inverell dance group, bellydancers, musical stiltwalkers, Jamie Flegerbein, and the always popular dog show will be features.

• The Festival will be officially opened by Tamworth music maestro, Bill Gleeson OAM, and this will take place at 11 am on the central stage.

• Popular 2NZ Radio personality Peter Caddey will take on the role of street announce this year. Peter is very popular in Bingara as the regular M.C. of “Gwydol” each Australia Day, and is a notable performer in his own right.

• Action will move naturally to Gwydir Oval at 2.30 pm for the much anticipated match against competition frontrunners, and great rivals, Tingha.

• Activities fro children of all ages will again be provided with a range of activities and sideshows.

Last year’s Festival took a big step forward from previous years, and enquiries from tour groups in the area have increased significantly for this year. It will be a huge day.

(Click here) for further information on the Bingara Orange Festival and for details of Bingara’s Annual Orange Picking which is scheduled for July 3.