Penny Ruthenberg, from Goomeri, with Tahlia, 11, and Alana Brown, from Kinbombi

December 10, 2018

There were dark skies but the rain clouds held off for Goomeri’s annual Christmas Carnival on Saturday night.

This is the second year the carnival, organised by Goomeri Lions Club, has been held at Breitkreutz Oval (behind the swimming pool and skateboard park).

Gympie Regional Council installed lights at the oval last year which has made it the perfect venue for the town’s annual party.

Goomeri Lions president Neville Holden said the venue had attracted a good crowd again this year.

Numbers picked up as the sun went down, peaking for the fireworks display – sponsored by Northern AgriServices – about 7:30pm.

Visitors had the chance to win hams and Christmas cakes on the ham wheel.

The top raffle prize was a holiday, sponsored by Waterfall Feedlot.

The Lions’ chip van was kept busy and there were also market stalls, hot food for sale from the pavilion, ice creams and live music by Leon Smith and the Lime Burners (from Gympie).

For the children, there was a jumping castle, pony rides and face painting plus Santa Claus made time in his busy schedule to drop in …

Christmas is now well and truly in the air in the South Burnett … special events were also held on Saturday in Boondooma, Blackbutt and Yarraman.

Kumbia had its turn on Sunday.

Kingaroy’s Christmas Carnival is on this Thursday (December 13), Murgon is on Friday (December 14) and Proston is on Saturday (December 15).

Kilkivan’s Christmas celebration is on Sunday (December 16).

Nanango’s Blue Light Christmas Disco was held on Friday night but the town’s main Christmas Carnival will be held on Thursday, December 20.

Wondai’s carnival will be held, as usual, on Christmas Eve.

Margaretha Prendergast, from the Goomeri Bakery, with “Macc”, short for “Macadamia”
Goomeri Lions were working hard in the pavilion … from left, Don Louis, Carol Holden, Betty Hetherington, Gail Louis and club president Nev Holden
Geoff Biggs, from Goomeri SES, was helping out with the ham wheel
Julia and Shimona Walsh, from Goomeri
Ruby, 13, and Clary Cavanagh, 11; and Brenda Rooks, from Goomeri; with Rachael Lehmann, Tansey

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