There’s a bright new look and a packed program of entertainment planned by The Hills Shire Council during this year’s Orange Blossom Festival.

Lights, Beats and Eats at Castle Hill Showground on September 14 will be an OBF highlight when Castle Hill Showground vibrates with colour, light and sound from 4pm to 9pm.

Hills Shire Mayor, Dr Michelle Byrne called the new OBF “bold, exciting, fresh and fun” and urged residents to save the date.

“We’ve pulled together an exciting line-up of entertainment and activities to keep you entertained and inspired throughout the evening, including top live music acts that can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike, dazzling light installations, delicious gourmet street food, roving entertainment, face painting and so much more.”

Beaming light installations, including trumpet flowers and giant inflatable mushrooms will dot the venue and make the perfect backdrop for photos plus, there will be glow-in-the dark face painting and light-up fairy floss.

Children’s entertainment group Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band from ABC Kids, dance and acrobatic group Dauntless Movement Crew, The X-Factor Australia Season Three winner Reece Mastin and Aussie rock legend Jon Stevens will provide the entertainment at the event.

On top of all the fun on centre stage there will be roving entertainers including LED dancers, hula hoop performers and fire twirlers.

Some of the best food trucks in the state will descend on the Showground, including Gelato Messina, Pimp My Chimney, Chur Burger, Smokin’ Grill Barbeque and Tsuru.

ACTION: There will be an OBF roller rink and the event will end with a spectacular fireworks display.

As well as Lights, Beats and Eats on September 14 there is a huge range of community events run as part of September’s Orange Blossom Festival including the Kenthurst Community Fair and street parade on Sunday, September 8 from 9am to 3pm at John Benyon Rotary Park, Kenthurst run by Kenthurst Rotary Club and the long-running Sydney Hills Garden Competition run by Hills Kellyville Rotary Club. Entries for the garden competition close on September 13, for details visit

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