December 12, 2017
A large storm which cut short Murgon’s annual Christmas Fair on Friday night may be the last straw for the festival’s organisers.
Murgon Business and Development Association (MBDA) president Leo Geraghty said the Fair was cut two hours short by heavy rain which forced rides and stalls to close down.
“We have been washed out three times in the last five years,” Leo said.
“We may have to move it to either a Saturday or Sunday and run it from about 11:00am to 5:00pm.”
This could help the Fair avoid the storms which seem to roll in during summer evenings.
Leo said the Christmas Fair organising committee – which is a sub-committee of the MBDA – would probably hold a meeting soon to discuss a change of time and day.
“There is so much money at stake,” Leo said.
“It is a $27,000 promotion. We have lost a lot of money.”
Before the thunderstorm broke, the Christmas Fair was running smoothly with rides in action, stalls open and the Rotary ham wheel spinning.
There was also live music in the Lamb Street rotunda, and plenty of children running around and having fun.
Fortunately, Santa found his way to Murgon ahead of the storm, doing a lap of Lamb Street in a tractor-drawn buggy.
However, he had only just settled down to meet his young fans when the big rain drops started to fall …
Leo was full of praise for the volunteers who had organised this year’s Fair.
“It’s a helluva lot of work. It’s just a shame it was washed out,” he said.