December 16, 2015
Kumbia Hall Committee members weren’t sure the 16th annual Kumbia Christmas Carnival would go ahead when they woke up on Sunday morning.
And their worries grew as the rain began to fall and dark storm clouds hung over the town
But when the steady drizzle finally stopped about lunchtime – and with so much work already done – they shrugged their shoulders and elected to go ahead regardless.
As things turned out, it was the right decision.
While the sky stayed largely overcast for the remainder of the day, the rain didn’t return.
When the first revellers began arriving in the grounds of Kumbia’s Memorial Hall about 5:00pm they found everything ready for a night of fun.
Guests enjoyed all the traditional delights, including the annual Christmas Tree Festival inside the hall. This year’s theme for the decorated tree competition was “Lollies”.
The Kumbia and District Historical Society also opened their museum for the evening to give visitors the opportunity to browse its extensive displays.
Children enjoyed a jumping castle, merry-go-round, face painting and other amusements while adults browsed market stalls or grabbed a bite to eat from the food stalls.
The popular ham wheel was busy doling out Christmas hams to lucky winners while ticket-sellers roved the grounds.
Santa put in an appearance about 7:30pm – much to the delight of the children – arriving with the assistance of Senior Constable Adam Entwistle who has become Santa’s official Kumbia chauffeur in recent years.