The 2021 Gayndah Orange Festival committee: Jo Dowling, Dael Giddins, Tracey Taylor and Leah Trott have decided to change the date and certain events of next year’s festival. (Picture: Social media)
The 2021 Gayndah Orange Festival committee: Jo Dowling, Dael Giddins, Tracey Taylor and Leah Trott have decided to change the date and certain events of next year’s festival. (Picture: Social media)

Orange Festival date changed to comply with COVID

THE Gayndah Orange Festival committee has made the "tough" decision to change the dates of the 2021 festival and modify certain aspects to ensure one of the largest events in the North Burnett complies with COVID-19 restrictions.

President of the Gayndah Orange Festival committee Dael Giddins said they have been working hard to find the best way to still have the festival during uncertain times.

"We didn't want to cancel it for the fact that if you cancel it, it's another two years before we have it again so we thought we wanted to have something," Ms Giddins said.

The Orange Festival was cancelled this year due to the pandemic, but if the health advice stays consistent it will be able to be held next year.

"It hasn't been something we've looked at lightly," Ms Giddins said.

"We've gone out a little bit further with the date, just to give us that little bit more time to comply and be able to meet the requirements."

The modified festival will still include the "Mask"erade Ball and the wine and cheese event, but the parade through the street won't go ahead.

"At our ball and at our wine and cheese, we will have to cap numbers," Ms Giddins said.

"We hope that everyone will be as excited as we are to still be able to have our 2021 festival."

The following revised dates now fall in the last weekend of June, instead of May:

  • Saturday June 19 "Mask"erade Ball
  • Friday June 25 Wine & Cheese
  • Saturday June 26 Festival Day
  • Sunday June 27 Breakfast Family Fun Day

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