PARTY GUIDE: Your town’s Christmas party
WITH Christmas just around the corner, there will be parties for each community to celebrate the holiday season in their own unique way. Here is what you can expect at your closest Christmas party.
Baralaba Bush Christmas Carnival
A TEAM effort is bringing the Baralaba Bush Christmas Carnival together this year.
Sherilee Evans from the Baralaba Local Ambulance Committee said that on the night of the carnival, the Baralaba State School P&C would be catering the event, the Baralaba Hospital Auxiliary was running the bar, the Progress Association conducting raffles and the Local Ambulance Committee running the ham wheel and lucky envelope and provide rides for the children.
“This carnival brings us together at the end of the year and is a chance for people to sit, relax and enjoy themselves,” Mrs Evans said.
“We end up with the majority of the town and the surrounds coming.”
Mrs Evans said the children’s rides run from 6-10pm and Santa was popping in at 7pm with the Baralaba Rural Fire Brigade.
There will be stalls and great entertainment on offer as well.
“We also make a point of it to make a profit for some of our great local committees.”
December 7, 5.30-10.30pm, Baralaba Showgrounds, free entry.
Theodore Christmas Street Party
IT’S estimated there will be about 300 people lining the streets of Theodore for the Theodore Christmas Street Party.
Jess Stevens from Theodore Chamber of Commerce has taken on the organisation of the Theodore Christmas Street Party for the past four years after a period when the annual street party didn’t take place.
“It’s good to have something on in these times of drought,” Ms Stevens said.
“It doesn’t cost a lot of money to get involved on the night and it’s free entry so people don’t have to spend money if they don’t want to with the free entertainment.”
Local artist Lee Kirby will perform for much of the evening and there will be a multi-draw raffle and also a scavenger hunt, which has been a crowd favourite in the past couple of years.
“The scavenger hunt has been going well,” Ms Stevens said. “I can be bribed for clues for just $2 and it’s always a source of friendly competition for everyone.”
Ms Stevens said there would also be at least 10 stalls on the night, plus a bar and barbecue – and of course a visit from Santa.
December 6, 5-10pm, The Boulevard, Theodore.
Wowan Community Christmas Tree Carnival
THIS year’s Wowan Community Christmas Tree Carnival has a brand new slimy attraction.
Toad racing will be a marquee activity at this year’s carnival, organised by the Wowan State School P&C.
P&C member Jess Edwards said there were a lot of excited children going on a toad hunt on Friday night to supply enough toads for five races.
“A few of us have seen it done at other fetes and thought it’s a load of fun,” Mrs Edwards said.
“It’s a good chance for the mums and dads to get involved, with a lot of the things there aimed at the children.”
Mini jeep karts, a mechanical bull and jumping castles are some of the rides on offer for the kids. A $10 armband will give the youngsters unlimited rides all night.
There will also be fete favourites like the barbecue dinner, licensed bar, face painting, ham wheel and market stalls.
“We have a homemade stall, so if you can grow it, stow it, make it or bake it, it comes into that stall and gets sold off,” Mrs Edwards said.
She said the carnival was Wowan State School’s major fundraiser for the year.
“It’s a chance for the community to come together and we’re all in dire straits at the moment with the drought.’’
December 7 from 5pm, Wowan State School.
Thangool Inc Christmas Fair and Twilight Markets
THANGOOL Inc is responsible for the organisation and running of the annual Thangool Inc Christmas Fair and Twilight Markets, set for another big year.
Organiser David Bawden said the event was a fundraiser for the Thangool CWA, state school and Thangool Inc.
“It’s a chance to get everyone together and socialise,” Mr Bawden said. “We have locals Ashley Cook and Terry Muster performing well into the night, so we hope the crowd sticks around.’’
Operating on the night will be a barbecue and bar, market stalls, ham wheels, jumping castle and train rides.
Santa will make his appearance just after 7pm and from there the live music will kick into gear.
December 7 from 4pm, Thangool Recreation Reserve.
Moura Christmas Street Party
BACKED by big sponsors this year, the Moura Christmas Street Party has some huge prizes on offer.
Jackie Campbell from Moura Chamber of Commerce and Dani Bernsaden have spearheaded the organisation of this year’s event.
Mrs Campbell said the Moura Chamber of Commerce was announcing the Moura Money Winners, a campaign to promote spending in local businesses, with ten $1000 gift cards up for grabs.
“This is all up $10,000 to be spent at Chamber of Commerce businesses, an incentive to inject money back into the community,” Mrs Campbell said.
Community groups will chip in to provide food and drink and there will be plenty of market stalls, rides and games for the kids, face painting and Santa’s visit.
A new Christmas tree constructed by the Moura Men’s Shed will be put up.
“It’s been a tough year in the rural communities, so it’s important we can inject some festivities into our community,” Mrs Campbell said.
“We’ve advertised far and wide and we want everyone to come into town and spend time together.”
December 11, 6-9pm, Gillespie St, Moura.
Taroom Christmas Street Party
TAROOM’S Christmas Street Party has something for the whole family, including a bar.
Run by the Taroom District Development Association, the event will feature a jumping castle, late-night shopping, live entertainment by local artists, carols by candlelight and much more.
Santa will make an appearance and the kids can complete a treasure hunt.
At the moment there will be 23 market stalls with all sorts of goodies, and the Lions Club, Men’s Shed and Pallicare will be chipping in to provide some of the amazing food.
Also prizes for the best Christmas outfit and more.
December 12, 5-9pm, Yaldwyn St.