Elves Tayah Garwood and Jodi Cunningham were helping Santa and handing out ice blocks to the children

December 17, 2021

Nanango’s annual Family Christmas Carnival was topped off on Thursday night with a massive fireworks display, part of the 20th birthday celebrations for Heritage Nanango Community Funding.

The fireworks were huge – and always a crowd pleaser – but there were also plenty of other attractions for families to enjoy, including a miniature train winding its way through Pioneer Park, a jumping castle, dodgem cars, rides and a giant slide.

Children were also taking advantage of the nearby skatepark and flying fox, erected in Pioneer Park by the South Burnett Regional Council.

The evening was organised by the Nanango Tourism and Development Association (NaTDA) and volunteers from the association were kept busy during the night making sure everything was running smoothly.

The NaTDA Nanango Community Choir also created a festive atmosphere, singing Christmas carols.

There were plenty of food stalls but the volunteers from the Nanango Community Men’s Shed were also run off their feet at the barbecue.

Santa seems to be preferring rural fire brigades as his method of transport this year … after arriving on a bright yellow fire truck at Hivesville last weekend, he rolled into Nanango courtesy of the East Nanango rural fireys.

The truck was immediately swamped by youngsters eager to meet the man in red and his two local elves!

The NaTDA Nanango Community Choir was praised for their Christmas carolling
A team of volunteers from the Nanango Community Men’s Shed were manning the barbecue
Jacob Lindsay, 7, from Yarraman, sits patiently as a festive design is painted on to his face
Chelsea Lindsay, 8, and Zoe Bionda, 4, from Yarraman, were happy to show off their Christmas face paintings
The East Nanango truck brought in Santa with lights flashing and siren sounding
Santa was swamped by children when he alighted from the rural fire truck
Youngsters were keen to share their secrets with Santa Claus
South Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt and his wife Nicola – the driving forces behind the South Burnett’s “Santa Claus Lane” and “Santa’s Workshop” initiatives – were enjoying the Christmas fun
Eric Spicer, from Jumping Jokers Castle Hire, was helping out his son Brock who now runs the locally based amusement business
Daryll Franklin, from Arrow Amusements, was the happy train driver on the night
The mini-train took children and their parents around Pioneer Park
Local musician Tony Cisneros was enjoying the carnival atmosphere while Charlie Spagalli was videoing the carnival for NaTDA
The dodgems and the giant slide were popular with the kids
There was an assortment of rides in Pioneer Park, something which other Christmas carnivals in the South Burnett couldn’t offer due to the weather

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables


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