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Kirstie Schumacher with daughter Grace, 5 … Grace was part of the enthusiastic display by students from the Ally Walker Dance Academy

Santa chats to some young fans in Haly Street

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.

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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.

Kingaroy Rotary always hams it up at Christmas …¬†Murray¬†Johnston was one of the many volunteers selling tickets for the 40 hams up for grabs on the Rotary Ham Wheel

Three of the hardworking Kingaroy ChristmaaCarnival committee members … Margaret Vidler, president Craig Lucas and Eileen Kefford

Corky and Shaz, from CROW-FM, were having fun in the main street … Jae Clarke, from Nanango

Damian Corkett, from 4SB 10.71AM, was compere for the O’Neill Square entertainment

Percy Curtain, from St Mary’s Catholic College, was the first performer to hit the stage

Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff, Cr Danita Potter and Danita’s mum, former Kingaroy Shire councillor Marie Shaw … Marie was the main organiser of the Kingaroy Christmas Carnival for many years

Have a very hairy Christmas! Santa Claus made his arrival on a Kingaroy Fire Engine

Percy Curtain and Ernest Corbet, from St Mary’s Catholic College, were the first two performers singing on stage

Sing Australia South Burnett choir shared some stirring Christmas carols on stage

Kingaroy SES members Barry Flanagan and Jonathon Farrell were helping to keep everyone safe

A last hurrah … Matt Phillips, from Kingaroy State High School, with 2018 Year 12 students Lucas Ladyman, Ben Chimes and Lize Potgieter

Kingaroy QCWA members were hosting a children’s Christmas crafts stall … from left, Lois Thurecht, Robyn Ernest and Ros Tigell

Karma’s Place Rescue also had stall, hoping to find homes for some of their rescued animals … Scott Sewell, from Nanango, with Jazmin, a border collie cross

Kingaroy Street was packed, despite the grey skies looming above

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables

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