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Published on 20 July 2021
I understand how much our community is looking forward to celebrating at this year’s Orange Blossom Festival (OBF), so rather than cancel our iconic Lights, Beats and Eats event that was due to run on Saturday, August 28 at Castle Hill Showground, we’ve decided to postpone it to later in the year in the interests of public health.
We've been monitoring the COVID-19 updates, and with lockdown now extended, it’s unlikely the Festival can run in its current format.
Even if restrictions were to ease in time, it will be difficult to stage an event the size of Orange Blossom Festival within such a short timeframe.
Orange Blossom Festival requires countless hours of work from all sectors, including Council, private businesses and volunteers.
The advice from NSW Health changes almost daily and we are unsure what the health guidelines will look like in five weeks time.
We understand this situation is challenging for everyone, but the health and safety of residents must come first.
We will continue to watch and consider all viable event options, but for now, we believe postponing our Lights, Beats and Eats Festival until it is safe to do so is the best course of action.
However, some Orange Blossom Festival community events may still be able to run in a COVID-safe manner, so please check with the event organisers closer to the date.
I commend residents for their hard work and patience at this time.
Please continue to follow the rules and be safe.
Mayor of The Hills Shire,
Dr Michelle Byrne