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Some of Santa's helpers ... Ella Sippel, Ariana Smyth, Madison Hall and Renae Vanderkolk, all from Murgon

The spirit of Christmas was alive and well at this year's Murgon Christmas Fair

December 16, 2014

The postponement of Murgon’s annual Christmas Fair because of wet weather failed to dampen enthusiasm for the much-loved event … if anything, crowd numbers at Monday night’s rescheduled Fair were up on last year.

The Murgon CBD businesses who stayed open for the festivities looked to be doing a roaring trade in their stores and on the footpaths outside as eager shoppers stocked up on Christmas purchases.

The Christmas Fair – which costs about $20,000 to put on – is organised by Murgon’s traders to say “thank you” to the townsfolk who’ve supported them thoughout the year.

This year’s event featured free live entertainment by the Wondai and District Band and the South Burnett’s very own Elvis, Jeff Hancox.

Hundreds of children running around Lamb Street were entranced by a big range of amusement rides, but many of their parents were more interested in the “Santa Grab For Cash” wheel where $6000 in prizes were up for grabs for shoppers who had taken part in a special Christmas promotion.

Corky and Shazz from CROW-FM compered the evening and the giveaways.

Various Murgon community groups also joined in the carnival fun, offering snacks and cool drinks to visitors.

Rotary’s ham and chicken wheel also proved popular, with eager ticket buyers standing by for the next spin of the wheel while Santa took requests and posed for photos with children under a towering Christmas Tree.

Murgon Business and Development Association president Leo Geraghty said the decision to move the Fair from Friday to Monday was very hard.

He said the group first had to make sure it could get approval to close the streets on Monday, and also arrange to get the amusement rides.

But he was full of praise for both the amusement ride operators and police for the co-operation they’d shown.

He was also relieved the weather forecast that Monday would be fine and dry proved reliable, and that crowd numbers hadn’t been impacted by the sudden change of date.

MBDA Secretary Margaret Long said she was delighted with the way this year’s Fair turned out, despite the hiccup caused by Friday’s unexpected wet weather.

“Everyone seems to be having a really great time,” she said.

“That’s what it’s all about.”

Cherbourg Mayor Ken Bone was one of the lucky Christmas shoppers who won the right to select a prize off Santa's wheel ... he won a $150 voucher from Alicia's Spa and Hair Worx which he said he would give to his wife Marlene

Cr Kathy Duff and Mayor Wayne Kratzmann were enjoying the Murgon Fair

Santa arrived with help from the Murgon firies and was guided to his throne under the giant Christmas Tree by Gary Long from the MBDA

Venturer scout Andrew Wesener and Venturer leader Don Lang, from Wooroolin Scouts, were raising funds for the Bunya District Scouts

Having fun at the carnival were Travond Aubrey, 6; Cardel Carlo, 10; and Kynisha Aubrey, 4, from Cherbourg

Murgon Rotary's ham and chicken wheel was as popular as ever ... helping to sell tickets were Daniel Lawson, Goomeri; Rex Shelton, Murgon; Lily Marinovic, Wondai; Mark Quinn, Crownthorpe; and Chris McInerney, Murgon

Muriel Schultz and Pat Polzin were helping customers at the Murgon Hospital Auxiliary stall

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables