Christmas spirit alive in Corowa
The inaugural Christmas Festival in Corowa on Friday night brought the community to a standstill.
Thousands of visitors and guests flocked to Sanger Street to support the Christmas event.
Shops and dining outlets were abuzz with customers and the street was packed with youngsters waiting patiently to have their chance to meet Santa himself.
The Free Press spoke to Corowa Events Committee Chairman Stuart Whisson who said the committee was delighted with the community response to the Christmas tree, carols and Santa’s visit.
“What a great evening we had with over 2000 people in the street enjoying food, kids activities, performances from Judy O’Malley Dance School, Corowa Primary, Corowa South, St Mary’s and the High School,” he said.
“Rowena Black brought these diverse groups together with Sing Australia Southbound and Toucan Rock for carols and fun.
“Over 80 businesses donated to the Bonanza Draw of shopping vouchers - winners of these Christmas goodies were Elma Sharp, Shree McLellan, Grace Hanrahan, Louise Hicks, Desi Douch, Jenny Poidevin, Kylie Boyer, Shirley Fuge, Pauline Stephens, John Hawkins, and Carmel Connell.
“Corowa Police delivered Santa on time and over 30 families had their photo taken with Santa.”
Stuart said the committee would like to thank the Federation Council for supporting the initiative with funds for the decorations and to the Corowa Business Chamber for the fabulous tree.
“It is now planned to close the street each Friday until Christmas from 5pm-7pm for more fun and static displays,” he said.
“This week features the formal opening of the mural and speedway cars.
“On December 9, old and new farm machinery featuring wonderful restored machines from the Farm Machinery club and new from O’Connors and Hunters will be on display.
“On December 16, we will have water sports - boats and the two rowing clubs, and the last on December 23 there will be live music, Santa, all the emergency services and the draw of the $5000 worth of travel which absolutely worth being there just for that.”
Stuart said it was the intention of Corowa Events which is an amalgamation of the service clubs, the Corowa Business Chamber and interested business people to leave the centre closed till the Federation Festival and offer the area for community entertainment including choirs, flying fruit fly perhaps, local youth bands, a comedy night, wider exposure for our dance groups and anything else that the community might like to see.
“Maybe we will see some ballroom dancing, line dancing, the list can be endless,” he said.
“It is a space for us all to gather, chat, share and have fun.
“Come and see me at Corowa Curtains and Décor with your ideas and we’ll do our best to incorporate them.”
Sanger Street will have Christmas music playing throughout December and decorations will continue to adorn the light poles and shop verandas.
Youngsters performed beautifully in front of a big crowd at the inaugural Christmas Festival.
Christmas carols could be heard from far and wide at the Christmas Festival on Friday night.
The eight metre high Christmas tree stood tall and proud in Sanger Street. The tree will remain in the street throughout December.