Orange Blossom Festival 2021
The Hills Shire’s annual community event, the Orange Blossom Festival, will not proceed in the interests of public health.
Council’s major Lights, Beats and Eats event, originally scheduled for Saturday, August 28 at Castle Hill Showground, has been cancelled to comply with Public Health Orders concerning gatherings.
As well, the organisers of many community events, including the OBF Fun Run, Bonsai Show, OBF Art Exhibition and others have indicated that they will not be going ahead in 2021.
Statement from The Mayor: Orange Blossom Festival – until next time…
Regrettably, Council has had to make the tough decision to cancel Orange Blossom Festival’s (OBF) main ‘Lights, Beats and Eats’ event for 2021.
The organisers of many much-loved OBF community events, including the OBF Fun Run, Art Exhibition, Bonsai Show and many more have also advised they will not be proceeding this year.
While I understand how much our residents are looking forward to the return of community events, advice from NSW Health and the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Sydney have prevented us from celebrating this year.
An enormous amount of effort is involved in staging a large festival with countless hours of work by Council, businesses and volunteers, meaning that even if our situation improves rapidly, it would be difficult to run an event the size of Orange Blossom Festival within a short timeframe.
We understand this situation is challenging for everyone, but health and safety must come first. Thank you for your continued patience during this difficult time and I’m looking forward to the day when we can all gather to celebrate at a future Orange Blossom Festival.
Please continue to follow the rules and be safe. Until next time…
Mayor of The Hills Shire,
Dr Michelle Byrne