The year of the or­ange

Or­ange Fes­ti­val plan­ning and co-or­di­na­tion un­der way

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery

PLAN­NING for the 2017 Gayn­dah Or­ange Fes­ti­val is con­tin­u­ing with call­outs to en­trants for Or­ange Fes­ti­val Queen along with other sched­uled events.

Or­ange Fes­ti­val rep­re­sen­ta­tive Judy Shep­herd said the plan­ning sched­ule would start to pick up steam with at least weekly meet­ings from here on.

“Those meet­ings will have a strong fo­cus on get­ting ev­ery­thing ready to go,” Mrs Shep­herd said.

“Ev­ery­thing is start­ing to come to­gether and with the change of date it has been chal­leng­ing.

“We’ve spent a lot of time get­ting the in­for­ma­tion out about the change of date, some peo­ple will be ex­pect­ing it to still be in a June long week­end which doesn’t ex­ist.”

With June no longer hav­ing a long week­end, the dates for the fes­ti­val week­end will be Satur­day, April 29 and Sun­day, April 30.

“The Or­ange Fes­ti­val Gala Ball is on the week­end prior, April 22,” Mrs Shep­herd said.

En­tires into the Cit­rus Sculp­ture Com­pe­ti­tion are also open with a top prize of $1000 up for grabs.

The sculp­ture com­pe­ti­tion is open to all ages and asks peo­ple to think old, bold and gold for their sculp­tures.

“We’ve had a change of for­mat and in­stead of a full scale art com­pe­ti­tion we are hav­ing a ma­jor sculp­ture com­pe­ti­tion,” Mrs Shep­herd said.

Pre­vi­ous prob­lems with the pa­rade route also look to have been rec­ti­fied.

“We are work­ing with the change of site and have strict new rules im­posed on us with re­gards to peo­ple dis­mount­ing floats but we will con­firm all of that closer to the pa­rade,” Mrs Shep­herd said.

For more de­tails visit the Gayn­dah Or­ange Fes­ti­val Face­book page.

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