December 15, 2014
The weather gods may have been a little unkind to some other local Christmas Carnivals recently but they smiled on Kumbia on Sunday.
The town’s 15th annual Kumbia Christmas Markets and Carnival were held at the Kumbia Memorial Hall … and everyone stayed dry.
A crowd of several hundred attended the late afternoon event to enjoy the relaxed festive atmosphere, meet up with friends or perhaps try some sumo suit wrestling.
Youngsters enjoyed the velcro wall and also queued to toss water-soaked sponges at Kumbia policeman Adam Entwistle, Kumbia State School principal Ross Deards and Kumbia Hotel licencee Paul Doran, who all bravely volunteered to poke their heads through a target for 10-minute sessions.
Inside the hall, the entries in Kumbia’s annual Christmas Tree Festival also proved popular to the many young visitors.
The Kumbia and District Historical Society also opened their museum for the evening to give visitors the opportunity to browse its extensive displays of historic photographs and artefacts from the Kumbia district.
Children also got to enjoy a jumping castle and other amusements while adults browsed market stalls selling everything from organic vegetables to home-made jams and pickles, or enjoyed the barbecue. Musical entertainment was provided by Cee-Jay’s Music.
Throughout the evening the ham wheel was kept busy doling out Christmas hams to lucky winners, and the traditional Bottle Stall did a brisk trade in raffle prizes.
The Carnival was capped off by an appearance from Santa about 7:00pm, who arrived with a police escort to hand out presents to the younger members of the crowd.