ORANGE’S Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival is just days away and businesses have been getting into the spirit with creative window displays in honour of the legendary bush poet.
The Rotary Club of Orange put together a competition for business owners to decorate their shops to commemorate the literary legend, and compete for a $1000 prize.
The staff at Camera House Orange joined in the spirit of the festival and decorated their shop front up for the occasion with a The Man from Snowy River themed display.
The idea for the display stemmed from owner Trish Pasquali’s love for Australian poetry and, in particular, Paterson’s most notable poem.
“It is working around Banjo Paterson’s The Man from Snowy River, which is probably my favourite work of his so it is driven by being my personal favourite, plus we had all the props,” she said.
“I think it is always good to keep Australian literature alive and unless we do something with a good focus and energy, it can tend to get slipped into the background when we are all so busy.”
Complete with a giant poster and traditional stockman’s attire, the display at the Summer Street store has already proved to be popular, with many shoppers stopping admire the tribute to the famous poem.
“We have had people come along to look at the display, reciting the poem and they will often stand there and talk about their favourite pieces of his,” Mrs Pasquali said.
The Banjo Paterson Festival commences on February 17, with many events and activities being held around the region.