Orange Fes­ti­val rev­els in new long week­end home

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - — Adam McCleery

A NEW time of year for the Gayndah Orange Fes­ti­val has proven a suc­cess.

Orange Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Trina Schif­fke said the week­end met the same lofty ex­pec­ta­tions of pre­vi­ous festivals, which were tra­di­tion­ally held in June.

“I think it was a great suc­cess. We have al­ready had a lot of pos­i­tive com­ments and the crowd was as big if not big­ger than nor­mal so I see that as a suc­cess,” Mrs Schif­fke said.

“One of the pos­i­tives to come out of the change of date was the weather, which was warmer and quite nice.

“I guess with that weather peo­ple tended to stay out later into the night and en­joy more of the fes­ti­val.”

Mrs Schif­fke said she had re­ceived a lot of feed­back from pa­trons of the fes­ti­val about what they saw as the high­light for them.

“They really en­joyed the mo­tocross dis­play,”

Mrs Schif­fke said.

“A lot of peo­ple said it was the high­light of the week­end for them and they really en­joyed the ex­cite­ment of it.”

Mrs Schif­fke said the mar­ket stall­hold­ers also gave pos­i­tive feed­back from the week­end.

“Peo­ple got to en­joy more ar­eas to sit, get some shade, ev­ery­thing seemed a lot more open – a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back about that,” she said.

The Orange Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee had a wait and see ap­proach about the new week­end but with it be­ing deemed a suc­cess, the com­mit­tee can breathe a sigh of re­lief.

“It was a lot of hard work from the com­mit­tee to get the fes­ti­val ready for the new week­end and I want to thank the com­mit­tee for that hard work,” Mrs Schif­fke said.

“I’d like to thank our spon­sors, the many helpers and the com­mu­nity groups that helped.”


BIG HIT: The Orange Fes­ti­val mas­cot ap­pear­ing in the pa­rade.

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