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On the third Friday of each month, the Rotary Club of Orange sells BBQ lunches at the Orange Health Service (The Hospital) on Forest Road. We will be on the grass near the front car parks if it is fine, and if it is raining, we may not be there at all. Come and buy an egg and bacon roll or a sausage sandwich (with free onions if you like) and a drink between 11 am and 1.30 pm.

This will be a festival of local events, providing entertainment and celebrating the Australian culture of bush poetry.

The National Bush Poetry Performance Championships were to be held in conjunction with the festival, but they have been cancelled due to concerns with COVID-19 and interstate travel. There is still plenty on.

Key events will be

  • Saturday 12 February 2022
    • Book launch at Buckinbah homestead ruins, Yeoval
    • Poetry in the pub/ poetry brawl at the Freemasons Hotel, Molong
  • Sunday 13 February 2022 – Poets brunch; Yeoval
  • Monday to Wednesday 14 to 16 February 2022 – Poetry performances in local schools
  • Monday and Tuesday 14 and 15 February 2022 – Poetry on the pavers and BBQ breakfast, Orange Civic precinct
  • Tuesday 15 February 2022 – Lunch at the Ironbark Hotel, Stuart Town
  • Wednesday 16 February 2022
    • Yarntelling competition and BBQ breakfast, Orange Civic precinct
    • Presentation of the Blackened Billy Poetry writing competition by Zoom link
    • Wrath of Grapes at Heifer Station Winery, Orange
  • Thursday 17 February 2022 (Banjo’s birthday) – Twilight birthday celebration at Banjo Paterson Park, Ophir Road, Orange
  • Friday 18 February 2022 – A family event in Robertson Park, Orange
  • Saturday 19 February 2022
    • Youth poetry competition at the Orange Conservatorium
    • Musos Paul Laszio and Ann Palumbo at Strawhouse Wines
  • Sunday 20 February 2022 – Rotary family market day at the Orange Showground

More events are welcome. If you wish to hold an event or if you have any inquiries, email us at

For more details about the program go to the Orange360 website.

Results of the 2021 Youth Poetry Competition can be viewed on the Australian Bush Poets Association website.

Here are some of the poems from previous competitions for your enjoyment:


Len Banks – “The garden wedding”


Celia Kershaw – “Career Change”


Doc Derek Bland – “Australia on the Moon”


Celia Kershaw – “Jill and Perce”

Mayor Reg Kidd – “What he would say”

Jim Lamb – “Norman and the snake”

Doc Derek Bland – “The undead swaggie”


Jayne Miller – “Grafton’s NIMBY bridge”

Mark Marusic – “Feline frolics”

Ian Butters – “The way things used to be”


Eric Yeomans – “The veteran”

Dinka Dekaris – “Refugee”

Elliot Stuart – “I used to live in the city”

Lucy Ward – “Our family holidays”

Ian Butters – “No laughing matter”

David Bolstad – “Bride and Groom”

The Rotary Club of Orange welcomes new members. If you are interested in doing some hands-on community service while getting to know a wider circle of friends, then give us a call. We welcome men and women of all ages with no obligation to join until you are really satisfied that it is for you. Check out the range of activities we are involved in throughout this web site.