Pool of tal­ent for Hor­sham car­ols

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Prepa­ra­tions are in full swing for an­other Hor­sham Car­ols by Can­dle­light spec­tac­u­lar with or­gan­is­ers again ex­pect­ing thou­sands of peo­ple to gather at Sawyer Park on De­cem­ber 3.

Event spokesman Si­mon Dandy said the an­nual Sun­day cel­e­bra­tion at Hor­sham Sound­shell would fea­ture a broad va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ers and at­trac­tions.

He said this year’s car­ols would raise money for Chris­tian emer­gency food cen­tres and vol­un­teers would ac­cept com­mu­nity do­na­tions at the event.

“This year, we also wel­come special guests The Mik Maks, a chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment group from Gee­long,” he said.

“Other guest per­form­ers will all be lo­cal peo­ple from across the re­gion, from school age right through to sea­soned per­form­ers.”

Pre-show en­ter­tain­ment will start from 5.30pm and the main pro­gram will start at 7.30pm.

Mr Dandy said a ma­jor at­trac­tion would be a com­mu­nity choir made up of about 30 singers from across the re­gion, which would help the ex­pected big crowd to sing along with the many tra­di­tional car­ols in the pro­gram.

“If we sing loud enough, Santa Claus might make an ap­pear­ance,” he said.

“As al­ways, we have a red-hot band in­clud­ing Aaron Mur­ray, Lisa Thomas, Jono Martin, Phill Thomas and Joel Adams.”

The Sun­day car­ols, on the banks of the Wim­mera River, rep­re­sent an op­por­tu­nity to show­case re­gional tal­ent and in some cases have been a launch­ing pad for per­form­ers who have gone on to forge ca­reers in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

The event in the past has at­tracted crowds of sev­eral thou­sands and rates as one of the big­gest an­nual out­door per­for­mances in the Wim­mera.

“There will be plenty of ven­dors on hand pro­vid­ing the com­mu­nity with a va­ri­ety of food,” Mr Dandy said.

“And Matthew Batty from North­ern Fire­works has again come on board as a spon­sor and will pro­vide an awe­some fire­works dis­play to fin­ish the event.”

The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser and ra­dio sta­tions 3WM and MIXX FM spon­sor the car­ols.

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