December 15, 2018
A large crowd turned out in the Kingaroy CBD on Thursday night to celebrate the Christmas season … and welcome Santa Claus to town for another year.
As always, people kept one eye on the weather as the clouds built up – and organisers were anxiously monitoring weather apps on their phones – but the rain kept away for the bulk of the evening.
Father Christmas made his arrival this year on a fire engine and was immediately surrounded by children wanting to say g’day.
Haly Street was again the focus for youngsters keen to enjoy some thrills on the rides, while stalls – and the ever popular Rotary ham wheel – were in Kingaroy Street.
Older folk enjoyed a full night of free entertainment offered on the stage in O’Neill Square, including performances by the young stars from the Ally Walker Dance Academy.
Musical interludes included performances by singers Percy Curtain and Ernest Corbet, from St Mary’s Catholic College; carols by the Sing Australia South Burnett choir, country tunes by Larry Cann and a stunning performance by soloist Julee-Anne Bell.
Popular local star Natalie Fenton rounded out the evening.
Sadly, the organisers of Murgon’s annual Christmas carnival didn’t have as much luck as the Kingaroy team.
The Murgon event, which was to be held on Friday night, was cancelled on Thursday morning because of the predicted rain linked to Cyclone Owen.
Kingaroy Christmas Carnival organising committee president Craig Lucas said he wanted to thank all the sponsors who had made the night possible, especially AGL Energy who had come on board as naming rights sponsor this year.
“It really costs a lot of money to put on a family night like this,” he said.
Other Gold sponsors were: Kingaroy Self Storage, Westlink Petroleum, Southern Cross Austereo, Paul Reeves Carpentry, South Burnett Times, CROW-FM, South Burnett Regional Council and Cox Plumbing.