PREPARATIONS and organising is well under way for the annual Biloela Enterprise Biloela Christmas Festival next Saturday afternoon.
President Di Morris said the afternoon would feature all of the usual traditions plus some extra special entertainment from the schools.
"One of the schools is doing a choir and the high school has a dance program as well,” she said.
"It is the first time with the schools being involved as entertainment so that is really pleasing for us, it brings in children with their mums and dads and families and makes it a wider event.”
On offer will be more than 25 market stalls and a variety of food vendors.
"The most popular thing for the little ones is the animal fair, it does really well, the children get to feed all the baby animals,” Mrs Morris said.
"We also have circus performer Tyrone, he does stilts, does circus and clown tricks, the children love him.”
Along with the ham wheel, there is also $1500 cash up for grabs in the raffle.
"Tickets are only sold at the festival this year so people have to be there,” Mrs Morris said.
"We want people to attend.”
The big exciting attraction will be the guest visitor.
"Of course the big Ho Ho man,” Mrs Morris said.
"The children literally line up for him.”
The lights will also be turned on in the Christmas tree by a beloved local.
"We've chosen a centenarian to turn on the lights, Mrs Banks,” Mrs Morris said. "We think that will be special, not only because of her age but because it is such a rarity.”
Run for the fourth consecutive year by Biloela Enterprise, Mrs Morris said it was great to see generous sponsorship again.
"Without sponsorship it can't go ahead, they have been really generous,” she said.
"That includes council and the corporates and lots of individual businesses.
"And we are always supported by Lions and Rotary as well.”
Around 3000 come each year and Mrs Morris expects the same number this year.
"It's still growing, it will continue to grow in interest and support," she said.
"There has been a lot of shares on our Facebook page of people meeting each other up there.
"The festival has something for everyone of every age, we try to cater for all ages, even the older ones, not just the younger ones.”
Saturday, November 25
Free entry, $10 armband for rides
4.30pm-9.30pm, Santa arrives 5.30pm
Lions Park, Biloela
Christmas in Banana Shire:
Theodore Christmas Party: Friday December 1 from 5.30pm
Thangool Christmas Fair and Twilight Markets: Saturday, December 2 from 5pm
Baralaba Christmas Carnival: Saturday, December 2
Moura Street Christmas Party: Wednesday, December 6