December 9, 2012

The annual round of South Burnett Christmas carnivals continued at the weekend with Yarraman and Kumbia residents turning out in force to celebrate the festive season.

At Yarraman, the Christmas Carnival took over the Recreation Grounds in Margaret Street on Saturday afternoon.

There were stalls, hot food prepared by various community groups and live entertainment.

The ham and chicken wheel proved as popular as ever as did Santa, who took time out of his busy schedule to drop by and say g’day to the children.

Yarraman Catholic Ladies were cooking up hot chips …  from left, Maree Frohloff, Bianca Lilley, Margaret McNae and Marie Emms

Eden Ellison, 14, and Tyeson Hennessy, 13, were helping Wayne Emms on the hamburger stand

Shirley Castle was selling raffle tickets to raise funds for the Yarraman Over 50s
The Barkers Creek Bush Band kept the music coming at Yarraman … from left, Lyn Lake, Eddie Lake, Paddy O’Donnell, Jane Erkens and Leon Wyvill

At Kumbia, the 13th annual Kumbia Christmas Markets and Carnival were held in the grounds of the Kumbia Memorial Hall on Sunday evening.

Children enjoyed a jumping castle, merry-go-round, face painting and other amusements while adults browsed market stalls selling anything from hats to home-made jams and pickles or enjoyed the sausage sizzle and live musical entertainment.

Santa put in an appearance later in the evening – much to the delight of children – and after repeated washouts of the event in 2010, thirteen didn’t prove to be a bad omen after all: the weather was perfect throughout.

This year’s Carnival also marked the end of a very busy 12 months for the Kumbia Hall Committee members who played a major role in organising Kumbia’s year-long Centenary celebrations.

Jenny Gemmell manned the popular Bottle Stall at the Kumbia Christmas Carnival

Murray and Anne Beil were kept busy at the ham wheel all evening

Kumbia Hall Committee president Jim Hancock and member Suzanne Francis
Melissa Beil and Chantelle Whiteman ran a stand for Kumbia Kindy, assisted by Melissa’s son Jackson
Bernie and Gayle Carroll sold tickets and aided visitors at the Kumbia Historical Society’s display
The Barkers Creek Bush Band (Minus Three) provided the musical entertainment: Paddy O’Donnell and Jane Erkens

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables