Can’t wait for Orange Fes­ti­val to come alive

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - Adam McCleery

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.

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