Kumbia residents Tracey and Charlie Adamson were dressed to impress at the Kumbia Christmas Carnival

December 13, 2023

Kumbia’s annual Christmas Carnival attracted hundreds of people to the grounds around Kumbia Hall on Saturday night, including a jolly gentleman in a red suit.

The good cheer and cameraderie that are hallmarks of Kumbia’s annual Christmas celebrations were present in abundance.

A range of gift and market stalls lined the grounds; a giant inflatable obstacle course and face painting kept small children amused; Christmas ham raffles added excitement for those willing to chance their luck; and there were plenty of soft drinks, burgers and sausages on bread to enjoy.

Patrons who preferred to sit and chat or listen to live music from compere Richie Hamilton were making use of the tables and chairs spread around the grounds.

Santa arrived right on sunset in a police car driven by Kumbia officer-in-charge, Senior Constable Todd Armstrong.

He was whisked quickly to a chair prepared for him in front of the shelter, where assistant Gayle Carroll helped him hand out lollies to the throng of children that quickly surrounded him.

This year’s Carnival was run by the Kumbia Hall Committee with sponsorship from Ryke Fuel, the Kumbia Hotel, Cr Scott Henschen, Bunya Red Farm, Crumptons Peanuts, JC Catering and X-Factor.

The committee also thanked Les Cartlidge for his help with the electrics; Devynn Pomerenke and Hannah Jenkins for face painting; and all the members and volunteers who helped out on the night.

Peter Gemmell, from Kumbia, gets ready to spin the ham wheel … in all, Peter and fellow volunteer Murray Beil raffled 14 hams during the evening
Cheryl Henry met up with her niece Cr Kirstie Schumacher at the Christmas Carnival
Brooke, Riley and Brad Cavanagh chatted with Cr Scott Henschen while they waited for Santa to arrive
Young children were enthralled by a giant inflatable obstacle course set up in the grounds …
… but as nightfall came, attention switched to Santa’s imminent arrival (Photo: Kirstie Schumacher)
Santa arrived in a police car this year, thanks to Senior Constable Todd Armstrong who gave the jolly gentleman a lift
Once he was seated in his chair, Santa began handing out gifts to children …
… which it took the best part of an hour to do!


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