Santa – assisted by his elves Terry Mackrell and Cr Roz Frohloff – prepared to hold court while the elves distributed ice-blocks and bags of lollies to a long queue of eager children

December 22, 2018

Nanango’s Christmas Carnival made a triumphant return to Pioneer Park on Thursday night after a gap of eight years, and local children couldn’t have been happier.

The carnival offered a wide range of free amusement rides and games to keep the youngsters amused all night, thanks to generous sponsorship from Heritage Bank Nanango.

The only things parents had to pay for were food, soft drinks and any Christmas gifts they wanted to buy from the market stalls around the grounds.

The carnival was organised by the Nanango Tourism and Development Association (NaTDA) as a replacement for the New Year’s Eve Mardi Gras, which was washed out last year.

To judge by the crowd that began to pack Pioneer Park shortly after 5:00pm on Thursday, it was a very popular decision.

Like Christmas Carnivals everywhere, a visit from Santa was a centrepiece of the celebrations.

He was mobbed by scores of eager youngsters soon after he was driven into the park in a large purple Cadillac by his elves at 5:30pm.

The queue to talk to Santa soon began to stretch, but everyone waited patiently for their turn.

Children were rewarded with a free ice block and a bag of lollies after they’d sat on the jolly gentleman’s knee.

Elsewhere in the grounds, food stalls dispensed hot dogs, sizzling barbecue delights, Asian dishes, hot chips and soft drinks while parents caught up with old friends and wished one another the compliments of the season, or browsed market stalls offering everything from silver jewellery to freshly brewed flavoured teas.

Popular local performers Pobblebonk kept the music flowing all night on the Pioneer Park stage.

NaTDA president Gloria Kirkness said she was very pleased with the roll-up, and even more pleased that this year the weather gods smiled on the evening, too.

Gloria said she was particularly heartened by how many other community groups had joined in to make the night memorable.

She was also very pleased with the way many of Nanango’s business community had decorated their shop windows.

“Everyone has pitched in this year to make Christmas a bit special for children, and they all deserve to be congratulated,” she said.

“It was really nice to see, and it was really nice to get our town’s Christmas Carnival up and running again.”

Barry Bishop and Don Louis came from Goomeri with the Goomeri Lions’ Chip Van to dispense freshly cooked chips and soft drinks to the hungry crowd
Inflatable rides from Rosie’s Fun For All were a magnet for children throughout the night
Cr Danita Potter came to the Christmas Carnival to help out on South Burnett Flight Savers’ merry-go-round … it was one of the many free carnival rides that delighted scores of children
At times, the rush to sit on Santa’s lap almost buried the jolly old gentleman
Ruth’s laughing clowns and water blasters were two other popular free amusements in the grounds that kept children happily entertained all night
Alicia Fitzpatrick, from sponsors the Comlek Group, chatted with NaTDA president Gloria Kirkness … NaTDA organised the night’s festivities, thanks to major sponsorship from Heritage Bank Nanango
South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell swapped jokes with his former sparring partner Barry Green, who served on Council with the Mayor for eight years
Andrew Beck, from Nanango’s Star Motel, chatted with Marion Campbell about NSW’s chances in next year’s State Of Origin … Marion is backing the Maroons to return to winning form
Nanango RSL manager Sheena Lindholm brought along Kate McMillan, 18 months, and James, 8, and Emma Uebergang, 9, to enjoy a night of Christmas Carnival fun
Darryl Wright and Les Franklin, from the Nanango Men’s Shed, were part of the crew serving up the sausage sizzle most of the evening …
… while over on Pioneer Park’s stage, performers Pobblebonk kept the music light and upbeat

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