Orange's top 10 biggest events in 2016 - 2017: which ones did you attend?

The Commemorative Service in 2016 drew between 10,000 and 12,000 people.

The Commemorative Service in 2016 drew between 10,000 and 12,000 people.

From 12,000 people at the Anzac Day commemorative service to a few thousand enjoying a variety of markets, we know how to get out and about around Orange and enjoy the variety of events on offer.

Which event is your favourite? 

1 – Anzac Day 2016: Dawn and Commemorative Services are held each year on April 25th to remember all Australia and New Zealanders who “served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations” and the “contribution and suffering of all those who have served”. 

Anzac Day 2017 services will be held around Orange on April, 25, 2017. 

Mick Jeffery devours a pie for morning tea. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

Mick Jeffery devours a pie for morning tea. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

2 – Millthorpe Markets 2017: For the first time since December 2015 the Millthorpe Markets were able to return to their full capacity in April 2017, welcoming 260 stallholders. The Markets had been limited to 150 stalls before that while the Redmond Oval was upgraded. Proceeds of the markets are put towards resources for the Millthorpe Public School. 

The next market will be held on December 3, 2017. 

NRL TRIAL IN ORANGE: Canberra Raiders defeated Newcastle Knights 34-28 in Saturday night's NRL trial game at Wade Park in Orange. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

NRL TRIAL IN ORANGE: Canberra Raiders defeated Newcastle Knights 34-28 in Saturday night's NRL trial game at Wade Park in Orange. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

3 – NRL Match – Canberra v Newcastle 2016: The Newcastle Knights took on the Canberra Raiders in an NRL Trial Match at Wade Park in front of 7,588 fans. 

4 – Easter Camel Races 2017: The Camel Races are held at the Towac Park Racecourse, Orange. This is the second year that Orange has held this event. The event will provide fundraising to “Give me 5 for Kids” which is an organisation that supports families who have sick children.

The committee believe visitor numbers to the Camel Races will continue to grow and exceed our expectations with the picturesque backdrop of country side which surrounds this area.

5 – Australian National Field Days, 2016: The Australian National Field Days (ANFD) is the oldest annual agricultural exhibition in the country.

Since it started in 1952, the ANFD has offered its numerous visitors an insight into the agricultural industry, with more than 600 exhibitors travelling across state borders (and oceans in some cases) to display their products and services across the three day event. 

The 2017 Australian National Field Days will be held from October 26 to 28. 

6 – Food Week Night Markets, 2017: Orange F.O.O.D Week (Food of Orange District) is Australia’s longest running regional food festival and has been acclaimed as one of Australia’s top ten food festivals. It is held in the emerging cool-climate wine region of Orange in New South Wales, and was recently named one of the state’s premium events by Destination NSW.

Founded in 1991 by a group of passionate local foodies and vignerons, F.O.O.D Week was created with an ethos of showcasing the region’s excellent fresh produce and award-winning cool climate wine, as well to provide a platform for its clever food producers, providores and innovative chefs, cooks and caterers.

7 – Gnoo Blas Classic Car Show, 2017: Keeping alive the history of the old Gnoo Blas road racing circuit at Orange the car show is held once a year. 

The Car Club also had 170 members and meets monthly for runs on the third Sunday of the month. 

8 – Orange Wine Festival Night Market, 2016: The Orange Wine Festival is the region’s opportunity to celebrate the thriving wine industry and high-quality cool climate wines that are produced in the region.

The program with over 90 events including some much loved favourites such as the Orange Wine Show Tasting, Wine in the Vines, The Vino Express and the Festival Night Market will be back on the menu in 2017, along with a fantastic range of events run by our producers and restaurateurs.

The 2017 Festival will be held from October 13-22. 

9 – Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival Emmaville Markets, 2017: Orange and its surrounding region celebrate the Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival in February every year.

Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson was born at ‘Narrambla’ Orange on 17 February 1864. Banjo is an Australian legend. He lived in Yeoval until he was about 7.

This festival highlights not only Banjo Paterson but is an opportunity to celebrate all Australian Poetry and Poets in general.

10 –  New Years Eve 2016: The Colour City lived up to its name as vibrant fireworks rocketed into the night sky to give 2016 the heave-ho and welcome in 2017 on New Year’s Eve.

More than 3500 people ooh-ed and aah-ed and gasped and smiled as firework after firework exploded over Waratahs in a flashy show of colour and excitement.

What other events made the list? 

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