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Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

AN OLD, bold and gold float from Gayndah State School has se­cured vic­tory in the 2017 Orange Fes­ti­val float com­pe­ti­tion.

Gayndah State School teacher aide Deb Stal­lan said the theme of the fes­ti­val helped the school come up with the float idea.

“Old, Gold and Bold be­ing the theme we were try­ing to fit it with the school­ing of old,” Mrs Stal­lan said.

“Go­ing back with lit­tle golden mem­o­ries of the years gone by.”

Rid­ing upon the float was the school’s Orange Fes­ti­val Queen en­trant Anna Mor­gan, a teacher and two teacher aides.

“The teacher aides and teacher held the may­pole that we had fea­tured in the mid­dle of the float,” Mrs Stal­lan said.

“That’s a thing of old and years ago, they used to have the may­pole and there would be a spe­cial dance that used to weave in and out.

“The rib­bons would then end up wo­ven around the pole and I thought that would be a nice part for the old and bold part of the float.”

The state school was able to source ma­te­rial from lo­cal busi­nesses, such as the wood pan­elling from Mitre 10 along with any re­sources they could take ad­van­tage of from the school such as paints.

“Some of the things on it had been made pre­vi­ously and re-pur­posed for the float,” Mrs Stal­lan said.

“Like the fruit was re-used to add ex­tra colour, the gi­ant Lego we made a few weeks ago and the big crayons we fin­ished the week be­fore the pa­rade.”

Mrs Stal­lan said the stu­dents watched the progress of the float be­ing built and helped where they could.

“They got to help more to­wards the end, it was a big group ef­fort with a few of us work­ing on the float in our spare time,” she said.

The school float was judged best in show the morn­ing of Satur­day’s pa­rade.

“It’s al­ways lovely to be able to show­case the school and show that even though it can be a lot of hard work, that it’s worth the ef­fort when you can show­case the school in such a great way,” Mrs Stal­lan said.

The feed­back on the float was over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive, Mrs Stal­lan said.

“Peo­ple were say­ing things like awe­some, looks great, colour­ful and all that sort of thing,” Mrs Stal­lan said.

“We didn’t ex­pect to win but it is great to have that hon­our.”

Mrs Stal­lan said the pa­rade it­self was also great for every­one in­volved and watch­ing from the side.

“All the floats were great,” Mrs Stal­lan said.

“They were just fan­tas­tic and to see the ef­fort peo­ple put into their floats for the fes­ti­val was great to see, it was a real com­mu­nity ef­fort.”

Gayndah State School has a long his­tory of en­ter­ing floats into the Orange Fes­ti­val pa­rade and will look to do so again in 2019.

“Once we hear the theme we will start com­ing up with some new ideas.”

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

CHAM­PION FLOAT: Gayndah State School won the Gayndah Orange Fes­ti­val float com­pe­ti­tion for 2017.

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