Can’t wait for Orange Festival to come alive
WHEN I first moved to Gayndah to start working for the Times, it was less than a month after the last Orange Festival in 2015 and even then I could still feel the after-effects of it.
People were still on a high and the pictures I saw in our paper had me looking forward to the next one.
I grew up in a town that also had a biennial festival and it would always attract thousands of people, so the more I heard about the Orange Festival, the more I could relate.
In doing a booklet for the festival, I had the chance to speak with committee members and residents and could hear their excitement.
But I could also tell this was a weekend for the people of Gayndah to showcase the town they are so proud to call home.
A tradition and a heritage has obviously grown around the Orange Festival and this year will add to that legacy.
I am looking forward to this weekend and finally being able to see first-hand one of the famous Gayndah Orange Festivals in full swing, the bright orange that will no doubt be seen all over town.
And of course the parade. I have seen parades but I am willing to bet this one will have a unique flavour all of its own.
Citrus has always been a defining factor of Gayndah and being able to see that on full display this weekend will be a great experience.
I look forward to seeing all your smiling faces at the weekend during the various great events.