Your chance to be a Star

June 22, 2018

The 2018 Regional Australia Bank, Bingara Orange festival will be held on Saturday 7th July. ‘The street parade is always a highlight of the festival and festival organisers hope to make it bigger and better each year.

‘It is hoped this year that we can attract as many floats as possible, the Special Events Committee encourages all community groups to participate; it is a fantastic way for groups to promote their organisation and with some great prize money on offer, raise some funds for their group’ said Catherine Egan, Chair of the Bingara Special Events Committee.

Mini rock n rollersThe theme of the festival and the parade this year will be ‘‘Happy Days’ celebrating the nostalgia of the 50’s and 60’s. The possibilities for this theme are endless, and festival organisers are looking forward to seeing plenty of Elvis and Fonzie impersonators as well as characters from Grease, hot rods and rock n roll dancers.

Following many years of restrictions imposed by Council’s insurer prohibiting participants to travel on their float entry, the Special Events Committee have had a breakthrough, and in 2018 participants will be able to ride on the back of trucks and trailers as part of their entry.

‘The Special Events Committee is thrilled to have this restriction lifted, and it is hoped that this change will see a number of new entries in the parade’ said Georgia Standerwick, Marketing and Promotions Team Leader for Gwydir Shire Council.

‘Allowing participants to appear on their float will open up many more options for entries and make the parade so much more fun and vibrant. It is also hoped that it will encourage more groups to participate’ said Georgia.

Anyone interested in participating in the parade can contact the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on 6724 0066, email