Calling all Redheads – the countdown to Orange’s red letter day has begun.
There are only seven weeks to go until redheads from all over are being urged to head to Wade Park on September 30 and join in the fun.
It will culminate in an attempt to break the world record for the most redheads in the one place at the one time.
The current record stands at 1672 members of the ginger army.
Organiser Rachael Brooking announced actor and writer and redhead Stephen Hall would be the MC for the four-hour event to run from 11am-3pm.
She said she had lined up guests ranging from Ronald McDonald to singer Joel Leffler who would be releasing his new single Auburn Hair in September and the Honey Drippin Mudskippers Band.
“It is going to be a fun family festival,” she said.
All redheads are being encouraged to wear white for the event.
And while true redheads will only be allowed in the official count Mrs Brooking said non-redheads were encouraged to join in.
“We’re encouraging non-redheads to spray, colour or don a red wig for the event,” she said.
And blokes with red beards, the festival is looking for you.
“There will be a red beard competition,” she said.
“We’ll be looking for the longest, bushiest, most manicured and even the reddest,” she said.
The red theme will be splashed through the food, drink and merchandise stands.
That would include red apples, toffee apples, orange juice, ginger ale and red slushies for sale plus red wig and redhead merchandise stalls.
Mrs Brooking said there would be a cliff hanger and jumping castle plus face painting to entertain the children.
The Rural Fire Service is bringing a shiny new red fire truck.
Red and orange vintage and custom cars will also be on show.
And your big day at the festival will be captured by photographer Chris Rehberg of Oatley Photography.
Mrs Brooking said he would be doing portraits and was looking to do a book to commemorate the day Orange turns red.
Mrs Brooking said there would be a gold coin entry fee with proceeds to go toward supporting families of people with Huntington’s Disease [HD] as September is HD awareness month.
She is also organising the screening of the The Inheritance, which shows a family’s journey with HD, on September 1, Walk for Hope Orange and Tea with Gatsby-High Tea4HD at Kenna Hall on September 16 to raise funds and awareness for HD.
Mrs Brooking said she was still looking for businesses and groups to be involved.