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Santa made it into Kumbia in true-blue Aussie style … on the back of a ute

December 21, 2019

Kumbia’s culinary treats are well known far beyond the town’s borders, and they were on full display at this year’s Kumbia Christmas Carnival.

Local bakers lent their skills to producing a wide range of home-made Christmas cakes, puddings and biscuits that guests could buy to delight their own Yuletide guests.

And Lenihan Butchery’s sausages and steakettes sizzled on the barbecues all night, much to the delight of the appreciative crowd who kept the grillmasters busy right up to closing time.

This year the bucking mechanical bull and other rides that are usually a feature of the annual Carnival were replaced by a giant slide whose big attraction – for both children and their parents – was that it was entirely free, thanks to a grant from the South Burnett Regional Council.

Gayle Carroll, from the Kumbia Hall Committee, said that with many of the town’s farms in drought, organisers wanted to lend a hand to keep carnival costs down for families.

Santa Claus arrived at his usual time of 7:30pm – this year, on the back of a ute – to treat children to free gifts, and even the heavens offered up something: a brief, light hailstorm that hit some nearby areas but left Kumbia itself untouched.

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Gayle Carroll and Desiree Crawford were greeting visitors and selling raffle tickets

DJ Craig Lucas was busy keeping the Chrissy tracks coming

Jeff Hills and Rosalie Winter, from Kumbia Neighbourhood Watch

Kumbia’s traditional Christmas Tree competition, displayed inside the Memorial Hall, attracted some colourful entries …

… including this beautiful display of gumnut flowers for a special Aussie touch

Murray Beil with “reindeer food” prepared especially for the carnival by his granddaughter

Kumbia butcher Brian Lenihan’s sausages are legendary, which led to fears that when the new owners take over his business in April they might disappear forever; but no fear … Brian has assured customers he has passed on his secret recipe! Brian, 77, started as a slaughterman in 1960 and ran the shop with his wife Winnie for 47 years

Cr Ros Heit with Rita Buchholz … Rita was selling Christmas cakes she had made

Hayley Wolski and Jarrod Hancock, from Kumbia, were enjoying the carnival

Kevin McConville and Paul Winter were looking after the sausage sizzle

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