60 YEARS OF CITRUS FUN
CROWD POUR IN AS GAYNDAH ORANGE FESTIVAL REACHES MILESTONE.
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.”
CHAMPION FLOAT: Gayndah State School won the Gayndah Orange Festival float competition for 2017.