The first thing that they did was to organize some beautiful weather then fill it with wonderful people and then for only six bucks a plate, they organized for the Lions Club Catering Van, the Apex Club of Orange, The Rotary Club of Orange, Quota and the ladies of the CWA to feed everyone up on sausages & eggs & a damper and some juice with a cup of tea or coffee…….fuel for the day!
Families, couple and singles alike were all over the park adding colour and laughter to a normally tranquil scene. Orange thanks all of the folk who gave up their leisure time to make sure that the day was a resounding success.
Citizen of the Year
Congratulations to Jan Savage who was voted
‘Orange Citizen of the Year.’ Jan was voted in due to her diligence and hard work in Orange’s Community. Recognised for her work as a teacher for Cancer patients at Anson Cottage, A member of the fundraising committee of the Fairy Sparkle Garden
There were 13 nominations one of which was Gwen Coulter who was voted the winner back in 1988 – this made her ineligible to win this year – but what an honour to be nominated again.
Junior ‘Citizen of the Year’ was won by Tracey Bouffler. Tracey must have a V8 engine inside her going by the number of community activities that she has been involved in. Tracey has made significant contributions to the Fairy Sparkle Garden, Canteen, Jeans for Genes Day, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, Purple Ribbon Day, World Vision, Youth Café and the Blood bank Challenge.
The day was full of different activities.
The Gnoo Blas Classic Car Club had a display There was a Student Art Competition sponsored by the Central Western Daily and won by Jessica Rikki Wells – Painting in the Park organised by The Orange Rotary ‘Daybreak’ …. Here the kids were let loose with paint and brush….Van Gogh should eat his heart out!
Peter Frost who runs the local Woolies introduced Carmen Duncan who is the Australia Day Ambassador.
Sports awards galor, A brilliant Tug-o-war competition between half a dozen teams assembled - from Firies, Emergency response teams, and various pubs around town. The boys from the Gladstone Hotel (Gladdies) took out the honours.
The Ophir Tones sang beautifully and the dancers from the Colour City Dance Works performed in such a way that you will want to see them again.
These photos will give you an idea of the fun had by all.
The 'Winners' photo courtesy of Vince Lovecchio - Essential Image Photography