Bragging rights up for grabs tonight

FAMILY FUN: Families will be out in force at tonight’s New Year’s Eve Party in the Park. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 122614cnye2013REGULAR rivals Bathurst and Orange are ready to compete for the title of best New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Orange may have the bigger budget, but Bathurst has something special planned for its bicentenary theme at the Party in the Park tonight.

Bathurst Regional Council will hold its annual New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Adventure Playground, and has $7000 set aside for an impressive fireworks display.

Council has special Bathurst200 balloons, tattoos, glow sticks and stickers to be given away to people who attend.

Aside from the Bathurst200 theme, the event has been made bigger this year with the addition of family entertainment from the Big Air School, which will be pulling out skate and scooter tricks and stunts for the night that are sure to bring smiles to faces young and old.

There will also be plenty of local acts hitting the stage.

Mayor Gary Rush said the Party in the Park will be a great way to start Bathurst’s biggest year to date.

“We’ve got a lot to celebrate in 2015 and what better way to kick off bicentenary celebrations than by packing a picnic and coming together at the Adventure Playground on New Year’s Eve and enjoying the community atmosphere and good company,” he said.

The Party in the Park will start at 4pm, and the fireworks will light up the sky at 9pm.

On the other side of the Mitchell Highway, Orange intends to put a massive $20,000 toward its display, which is entirely backed by McCormack Barber real estate.

Manning Public Relations is co-ordinating the event at the Waratah Sports Club grounds.

“We have Howard and Sons Pyrotechnics doing the display, who are arguably the best in the business, having done the 2000 Sydney Olympics,” Manning director Kyle Manning said. “Our event is pretty big.”

Orange will kick off its celebrations at 5pm with family friendly entertainment before the fireworks start at 9.15pm.

Mr Manning wouldn’t say definitively who will have the better display on the night, but he suggested having a budget close to three times Bathurst’s budget would work in Orange’s favour.

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