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Carnival Shines In Kingaroy

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Rheedyn George, 10; and Brydee Pszkit, 9, from Kingaroy, were part of the large team from the Ally Walker Dance Academy which performed on stageDecember 22, 2019

A massive clap of thunder, which startled country singer Larry Cann on stage, was the closest the Kingaroy Christmas Carnival came to promised rain this year.

Rain and Kingaroy Christmas Carnivals have a reputation for going hand-in-hand – and a storm had been predicted earlier in the day – but sadly for everyone hanging out for the manna from heaven, it was not to be.

Carnival organisers, though, probably sighed with relief when the night went off without any major hitches.

A large crowd watched the performances on stage in O’Neill Square, including energetic displays by the young dancers from the Ally Walker Dance Academy, and songs by local country singer Larry Cann.

Santa also made his customary appearance, chauffeured into Kingaroy on a fire engine with sirens blaring.

After greeting his many young fans, Santa retired to the Old Railway Station building for photos.

All the regular attractions kept visitors happy … amusement rides in Haly Street, a climbing wall and novelty stalls in Kingaroy Street and an animal nursery behind the Commonwealth Bank.

Old favourites such as the Taabinga Rotary hamburger stand and the Kingaroy Lions’ ham wheel also returned for more.

It was a fun night, but no one would have complained too loudly if it had rained …

Christmas Carnival committee member Cr Danita Potter with Radio 4SB’s Damian Corkett, who compered the stage entertainment

Kingaroy Lions Club member Julie Clifford was selling the club’s traditional Christmas Cakes in Kingaroy Street

Opposition Leader and Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington joined Alison Murray in selling amusement ride tickets

Santa Claus arrived in Kingaroy in his now-traditional bright red fire engine

Ray Pitt, Murray Johnston and Anna Faunt, from Kingaroy Rotary, were selling tickets for the 36 Swickers’ hams on offer on the club’s traditional ham wheel

Country singer – and rodeo announcer – Larry Cann entertained the crowd in O’Neill Square with songs and anecdotes

The Ally Walker Dance Academy stars performed multiple dances

Waveney Harvey, from Kingaroy, was enjoying the Kingaroy Christmas Carnival

Kingaroy Christmas Carnival volunteers were selling raffle tickets, from left, Margie Vidler, Alex Hall, Kelsey Wittmann and Doug Hutcheson … there were six prizes to be won in the monster raffle

Taabinga Rotary members Mick McAuliffe and Brett Mackay were manning the barbecue

A big crowd gathered around Father Christmas as he chatted to children in Kingaroy Street


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