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Orange Picking Day is greatly anticipated each year with the trees bursting with fruit, begging to be picked. 

On the appointed day, a ceremony outside the Returned Services Club marks the beginning of the harvest.

Click to hear Rick sing "Oranges Everywhere"

The children and wider community listen to an address given by an invited speaker, then join Rick Hutton in his rendition of  “Oranges Everywhere”, a song written by him to commemorate the occasion.

Once complete, let the picking begin!

[Click the icon opposite to hear Rick &
Pat Drummond's rendition at The Roxy]

Children dart everywhere filling up their allocated plastic bags – one for their own families and the other for circulation to Bingara’s Senior citizens.

Of course there's always time to stop and taste!


It is wonderful to see the older children hoist the preschoolers and smaller children onto their shoulders to reach the high fruit, but what is even better, is the knowledge that all the children of Bingara appreciate the significance of the fruit they harvest and know what it represents.

There's an unwritten rule that the fruit on the lower branches is left for the smaller community members to pick.

Bingara Central School Students being inventive with their oranges

2012 was Bingara Central School's 150th Anniversary.  The students opposite found some innovative means of marking the occassion on Orange Picking Day. [Click the image to enlarge: (pdf file size: 152Kb)]


The entire town celebrates the harvest and has the festival in its' honour!

The original avenue of oranges planted along Finch Street between the RSL Club and the Central School were Valencias.  But today, when the need arises, they are replaced with navels.

An extensive orange tree planting program took place over the last few years, with over 80 trees extending further along Finch Street, as well as along the boundary of the town's sports grounds, the Gwydir Oval.

One of the original valencia orange trees can still be seen on the street corner adjacent to the Bingara Returned Services Club.

[Image Left:  Sometimes you have to get right into the middle of the tree to find the best fruit.  By the look of this little girl, she found just what she was after.  Click on the image to enlarge: (pdf file size: 129Kb]

Orange Picking 2012 - Click to enlarge

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