Orange Blossom Festival 2014: What's On

Hopeful: Crestwood Idol's 2011 junior winner Capria Di Giacomo, of Castle Hill, won the first senior heat of this year's talent competition and now progresses to the grand final at Crestwood Fair, just before the fireworks. Picture: Natalie Roberts

Hopeful: Crestwood Idol's 2011 junior winner Capria Di Giacomo, of Castle Hill, won the first senior heat of this year's talent competition and now progresses to the grand final at Crestwood Fair, just before the fireworks. Picture: Natalie Roberts

MORE than 25,000 people turned out for last year's Crestwood Fair.

John Ebbott, the chairman of the organising committee, believes they can top that this year with their great — some of it new — entertainment line-up.

"Last year was probably the biggest fair we've had," Mr Ebbott said of the all-day family festival.

"One year it was rained out; that's the only year we didn't have one"

It will be held on Sunday, September 14 as part of The Hills Council's longest-running event, the Orange Blossom Festival.

This will be the 24th fair.

"One year it was rained out; that's the only year we didn't have one," Mr Ebbott said.

Asked what to look out for this year, he said the school performances and the taekwondo demonstrations would be "pretty impressive".

"They'll be breaking wooden planks and tiles with their hands," he said.

Circus Unique would be returning after an absence of six years, bringing with it juggling, stilt walking, plate spinning, unicycling, diabolo and hoops lessons.

The fair would also have market stalls, a rock climbing wall, a mobile game theatre and the grand final of the Crestwood Idol, a talent contest.

Idol co-ordinator Kate Hawkins said eight of this year's 48 entrants would be vying for the title of junior and senior Idol and $100 each.

The overall winner gets an acoustic guitar and music lessons, a package worth $600.

They will be judged by Home and Away actor Lynne McGranger, newsreader Ron Wilson, radio broadcaster Gareth McCray, US-based actor Katherine Hynes and Castle Towers marketing co-ordinator Holly Pedersen.

The crowd will pick a People's Choice winner.

Former Crestwood Idol contestant Marlisa Ann Punzalan is on X Factor Australia.

■ Details: 0458 727 905.

MORE OBF ACTIVITIES

■ September 8 until noon, September 14: See the work of more than 30 artists from The Hills in the Castle Grand foyer, Castle Hill Community Centre (entrance from Pennant Street). Open 10am-4pm daily. Free. Includes the presentation of the Orange Blossom Festival Annual Art Awards by patrons of the art society on September 13, 2.30pm. Details: Lorraine Bermingham, 96741240.

■ September 13, 9am-4pm and September 14, 10am-3pm: Visit Castle Hill Library’s Orange Blossom Festival Pop-up Library on Main Street, Castle Hill.

■ September 13-14: The Orange Blossom Festival returns to Castle Hill Main Street. Click here for the full festival program, including opening night celebrations.

■ September 14, 10am-3pm: Kenthurst Fair family fun day features market stalls, food and drinks, rides and fun for children, stage acts, music and a street parade at 11am. It is is John Benyon Rotary Park, Kenthurst.

■ September 14, 1pm-8pm: The Orange Blossom Festival Gala Concert will feature local award-winning concert ensembles such as Castle Hill High School, Crestwood Public School, Matthew Pearce Public School, William Clarke College, and The Hills Music Academy. It will be held in William Clarke College’s performing arts hall, Wrights Road, Kellyville (gate 4). Cost: $5 (tickets at the door). Details: 96207903, mail@hillsmusicacademy.com.au

■ September 21, 10am-2pm: Expect to see more than 500 BMX racers from across NSW racing in the 32nd Annual Castle Hill Orange Blossom Challenge. Free to watch. It is at Castle Hill BMX Track, Fred Caterson Reserve, Caterson Drive, Castle Hill. Details: 0404 093 303, castlehillbmx@hotmail.com

■ September 28, 7am-2pm: The Orange Blossom Classic Car & Bike Display is at Bull & Bush Hotel, 378 Windsor Road, Baulkham Hills. Free. Details: 9686 7999, realestate@trevorleslie.com.au.

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