Happy Days comes to life a 2018 Bingara Orange Festival

Classic rock ‘n’ roll was brought to life in Bingara on Saturday as hundreds gathered dressed in their best ’50s and ’60s outfits.

Celebrating the annual Bingara Orange Festival, people from as far as Bellingen and Brisbane drove out for the day.

With a theme of “Happy Days: celebrating the good times of yesteryear”, young and old were dressed in their best rock ‘n’ roll outfits.

The streets were buzzing with stallholders, dancers and visitors from 9am, with a best-dressed and hot dog eating competition thrown in the mix.

Visitors also enjoyed a retro café, old-time movies and rock ‘n’ roll dance lessons as part of the festivities.

And, of course, there was a huge trailer load of oranges for people to bag up and help themselves to.

The Bingara orange festival is one of the annual highlights on the small town’s calendar and every year the locals aim to make it bigger and better.

For more than half a century, the community has celebrated its orange trees. 

Planted as a living memorial to Bingara’s fallen in World War I and II, the trees and the annual harvesting of the fruit by the local school children (the “orange police”) happens on only one day of the year.

This year festivities began on Friday, as not even the rain could hold up the annual orange harvest. 

Bingara Central School hosted the ceremony before the whole community began picking the special orange trees.

The festival, which started in 1998, has now become an important part of Bingara’s orange tree memorial tradition.

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