When life hands you lemons, they say to make lemonade.
But in Griffith, in south-west New South Wales, life's more likely to hand you oranges — especially at this time of year.
And instead of making orange juice, the community creates big, bright and bold citrus sculptures.
There are now 70 sculptures made from 100,000 oranges and rubber bands lining the city's main street as part of Griffith Spring Fest, expected to draw more than 50,000 visitors to the area this month.
In its 22nd year the sculptures have added a splash of colour to Banna Ave, and among the three-dimensional creations is a grand piano, a sun-baking rooster, a talking robot and a Cinderella carriage with horses.
Leith Fry and her singing group have been responsible for the exhibition's grand piano for the last 18 years.
"Constructing the steel frame was a lot of work," Ms Fry said.
"Luckily I had some ex-farmers in my group who got together to make it and we've been able to use the same one each year, with a few modifications.
It takes the group around two hours to attach all the oranges to the steel frame, which is covered in mesh, using UV-treated rubber bands.
"I couldn't tell you how many oranges we use but we go and get them out of a crate, bucket by bucket," Ms Fry said.
"We have at least a dozen people working on it every year and they each grab two or three buckets. So that gives you a bit of an idea.
"Once it's up, there's a team that goes down at 7:00am every morning to reattach any of the oranges that have fallen off. It's quite a commitment but it's so worth it.
"It's such an eye-catching, colourful thing to see as you drive into Griffith."
It takes an army of around 700 volunteers of all ages from schools, clubs, community groups and companies to pull the 70 sculptures together each year.
"The youngest is preschool age and the oldest would be in their 90s," said Mirella Guidolin, the Griffith Visitor Information Centre coordinator.
Ms Guidolin said it is also one of the city's biggest drawcards for tourists.
"We get people coming from all over Australia to have a look and some people come back every year so it gives the area a huge economic boost," she said.
The sculptures are unique in Australia but based on the famous Fete du Citron, or Festival of Lemons, which has been running in Menton in the French Riviera for 84 years.
The French festival, which has also become a drawcard for tourists, sees a small park in the seaside town filled with 10-foot-tall sculptures made from thousands of tons of citrus fruit.
The elaborate sculptures have included sea creatures, a pagoda, a castle, the Eiffel Tower and an old-fashioned train.
"When it first started, Griffith's tourism manager at the time had quite a lot of correspondence with the people in Menton about which rubber bands to use and how best to secure the fruit to the frames," Ms Guidolin said.
The oranges used in the sculptures are donated by the Griffith-based Real Juice Company.
After the sculptures have been on display for two weeks, they are taken down and the oranges are returned to the company to be juiced.
"They obviously come back to us with an elastic band imprint, and the sun here is quite harsh, so most are very dry," its managing director Tony Taliano said.
"Unfortunately that means a lot of them get tossed out, but it's all in the spirit of the festival.
"It's something that attracts a lot of people to our town so we're happy to take that on the chin."
For those who do plan to pay the citrus sculptures a visit before they get sent to the juicer, the chair of the Tourism Management Committee, Christine Stead, has one top tip — do it on foot.
"It's only then that you appreciate the scale and size of these creations and the talent in our wonderful community," Ms Stead said.
The Griffith Spring Fest runs until October 21 and includes gardening workshops, cooking demonstrations, markets as well as a multicultural festival.