The year of the orange
Orange Festival planning and co-ordination under way
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.