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Sweet Night At Kumbia Carnival

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Peter Coyne, from Barkers Creek, took Jacob, 6, and Stefanie, 9, into the Kumbia Memorial Hall to admire the display of Christmas Trees

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.

Kevin McConville, Paul Winter and Morris Winter were manning the barbecues to help feed the hungry crowd ... they were in no mood to show the sausages any mercy

Dion Handford and Jacyntah Koehler, both 14, were helping out at the hot chips stall

Anne Beil and Jenny Gemmell had fun selling tickets for burgers and sausages

It just wouldn't be a Christmas Carnival without the Kumbia QCWA ... Mollie Kratzmann, Julianne Cross, Katherine Woodham and Linda Matthews were dishing up sweets and crafts

Archie Black, 7, brother Fletcher, 10, and sister Tilly, 7, took advantage of free entry to the Kumbia Historical Society Museum to see how their town looked a century ago

There were a good selection of stalls in the grounds for last-minute Christmas shopping...

... along with a merry-go-round and a jumping castle which drew lots of young fans

Christmas ham, anyone? Kumbia Hall Committee president Jim Hancock was kept busy spinning for hams all night

Kingaroy Speedway driver Josh Wicks helped Erin Carroll sell games tickets and snacks

The Christmas Carnival grounds were dominated by a giant decorated Christmas tree


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