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Santa Hitches A Ride To Kumbia

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Santa made a surprise visit to Kumbia on Sunday night thanks to Kumbia's Senior Constable Adam Entwistle who provided him with a police escort to the town's annual Christmas Carnival

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.

What would Christmas be without sumo? Phoebe Platts and brother Fraser, down from Yeppoon to visit their grandmother, took time out at the Carnival for a bit of wrestling

Kumbia's Anne Beil and Erin Carroll; Anne is taking a rest break after 14 years on the Christmas Carnival's organising committee

Brooke Darr from Kumbia took Tyler Tones, 5, to visit the Kumbia and District Historical Society Museum

Jacyntah Koehler, 13, came from Kingaroy to help out at the Carnival's popular Lucky Bottle stand

Cr Ros Heit chats with Morris Winter about Kumbia Rural Watch

Kumbia's Louise Weber took Breanna Daines, 3, to look at the Christmas trees in the Hall

Kumbia Kindy's Michelle Doran, Chantelle Whiteman and Jules Entwistle were assisted at the Kindy's Christmas Carnival stand by Mitchell Howlett, 9, and Katie Whiteman, 4

Margaret and Gerry Gagel brought their mobile Goomeri Cheeseworld store to the Carnival

Kumbia State School principal Ross Deards takes a sponge from one of his students

Rachel Seaton from Kumbia shares a laugh with Will Johnson from Kingaroy and DJ Craig Lucas, from Cee-Jay's Music, who was providing the music on the night


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