Orange Festival revels in new long weekend home
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.