All the hard work of dedicated community members has now borne fruit, with a crop of visitors from far and wide packing out Banna Avenue to see the Real Juice Company Citrus Sculptures on Sunday.
Proving a real tourist attraction, people like Alan and Janet Gregory from South Australia have deemed themselves "Griffith converts".
"We have always wanted to come to Griffith, and we just happened to be passing through when we saw this was happening today," Janet explained.
"After seeing all the sculptures, all the people here today, we will definitely be making this an annual trip."
And visiting family while enjoying a day out for the last day of school holidays was the kicker for the Whitfield and Rotgans families, some coming from Taree and Nabiac and hanging around especially for the "orange masterpieces".
They won't be the only out-of-towners experiencing our hospitality, with the Griffith Visitor Information Centre already securing over 20 coach groups for Spring Fest, coming from all over Australia.
Groups made up of 20 to 30 people each, spending anywhere from three to five days experiencing the region, contributing to an estimated $20 million economy boost in just two weeks.
Coming down from the morning's work erecting the sculptures with stalwart community members, Griffith City Council's event coordinator Georgina Horton said her inaugural sculpture experience was "pretty awesome".
"With the ones like Altina's giraffe, it's their first time as well, so it was great to come in and be a part of this great event together," she said.
And with 100,000 oranges and rubber bands, 700 volunteers and over a year's worth of planning, she was thrilled everything went off "without a hitch".
Spring Fest chairwoman councillor Rina Mercuri said she would never stop being amazed at how the Griffith community continually came together to put on the spectacular display.
"A massive thank you to everyone who gave their time, all the volunteers, community members and those entering sculptures, it is such a fantastic start to Spring Fest," she enthused.
She was also astounded at how far people had come to be a part of it - even as far afield as Japan.
For council's event coordinator Mirella Guidolin, the great kick-off highlighted the brilliance, creativity and dedication of the Griffith community, a sign that shouted "look what we can do".
With the orange wall signalling the beginning of Spring Fest, next in line will be the Linx Launch Party on Friday, showcasing local food, wine, beer, produce and music.
The party will kick off on from 5.30pm to 9.30pm in the Griffith Visitor Information Centre car park.
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