The visit by top-rating national TV program ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ will be the highlight of a huge weekend in Orange 13 & 14 May.
 
Australia’s number-one lifestyle show has chosen Orange as the latest focus of a series on country shows. Final preparations are well under way at the Orange Showground for this year’s show this weekend. 
 
Orange mayor John Davis OAM said he’s delighted the program will be covering the 145th annual Orange Show, the Orange Farmers Markets and other points of interest around town.
 
“Better Homes and Gardens has picked a brilliant time of the year to come to Orange,” Cr John Davis said. “When they go to Cook Park or Campbell’s Corner, they’ll be seeing the Autumn colours that show Orange at its best.”
 
“The entire team of high-profile presenters including Johanna Griggs will be here and it will be a return visitfor Dr Harry, who judged the pet competition at the Orange Show in 1998.
 
NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the initiative had been secured in conjunction with the State’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
 
“Our partnership with Orange City Council and Better Homes and Gardens has provided us with a great opportunity to profile this beautiful region and encourage ongoing visitation, helping to grow the state’s economy,” Mr Marshall said. 
 
“Tourism is vital to rural and regional communities and we look forward to inspiring more travellers to look to Orange when planning their next short-break.”
 
Orange City Council’s Employment and Economic Development Committee chair, Cr Jeff Whitton said the program is very keen to be coming to Orange.
 “It was good to talk with the crew when they made an advance trip to Orange a few weeks back to check out some locations for shooting. They were very impressed with what they saw and they’re looking forward to putting together a very entertaining program.”
 
“It’s hard to underestimate just how valuable this kind of national coverage is worth to Orange.”
 
“It’s important to note that council staff have also worked hard to help this coverage come together, and that Destination NSW has also contributed support.”
 
“All this is happening alongside another huge weekend of sport in Orange”, Jeff Whitton said. “The local derby Rugby Union game between City and Emus on Saturday 13 May is one of the red-letter days on the annual sporting calendar. For that game to be played as a night game at Wade Park after the live televised spectacle of the Shute Shield match between Easts and Gordon, will be huge for union fans.”