Christ­mas spirit alive in Corowa

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ALAN­NAH GREEN­WOOD

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.

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