SANTA IS HERE TO­DAY

One Christ­mas Fes­ti­val not to be missed

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Aden Stokes [email protected]

CEL­E­BRATE the start of the Christ­mas sea­son tonight with Biloela’s an­nual Christ­mas Fes­ti­val and a visit from Santa.

Pres­i­dent of Biloela En­ter­prise Di Morris said this year would fea­ture a “mas­sive” en­ter­tain­ment line up, in­clud­ing many of the lo­cal schools.

“We are pretty ex­cited about in­cor­po­rat­ing a lot of the schools this year – it was a bit of a chal­lenge last time,” she said.

“We also have a mixed bag of adult’s en­ter­tain­ment, rides and of course on the ground en­ter­tain­ment, in­clud­ing our stilt man.

“Santa will be rolling in at 5.30pm and he is com­ing in on one of those new trikes,” Ms Morris said.

“We have also got a $1,000 cash prize raf­fle which will be drawn at 8pm, a ham wheel, as well as lots of food and mar­ket stalls.

“There’s a lit­tle bit of some­thing for ev­ery­one,” she said.

In the past, the pop­u­lar com­mu­nity event has seen up to 3,000 peo­ple in at­ten­dance.

“It’s an event I think peo­ple are recog­nis­ing now as a sig­nif­i­cant event for Biloela,” Ms Morris said.

“It’s a free event and one the whole fam­ily can en­joy. It’s just a de­light for young kids who want to see Santa.”

The event will also see the light­ing of the tra­di­tional Christ­mas lights on the Christ­mas tree in front of Li­ons Park, which was es­tab­lished five years ago.

“We pick some­body of sig­nif­i­cance, or some­body who has made a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity, to turn those lights on,” Ms Morris said.

“This year is young Cait­lyn Dono­hoe, who just fin­ished high school and was one of the school cap­tains. She is an in­cred­i­ble young lady, she sat on the youth par­lia­ment for Queens­land, so she has sig­nif­i­cant back­ing be­hind her to turn these Christ­mas lights on.”

Ms Morris would like to see the com­mu­nity come to­gether tonight to cel­e­brate the end of the year and all things Christ­mas.

“Come along and be thank­ful of what we have ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing the year, whether it be not so good or things that have been re­ally

good for the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“We look for­ward to see­ing peo­ple come along and en­joy the event.”

The Biloela Christ­mas Fes­ti­val will be held from 4.30pm this af­ter­noon at Li­ons Park.

En­try to the event is free.

PHOTO: SHIRONOSOV

HO HO HO: Santa will be rolling in to the Biloela Christ­mas Fes­ti­val at 5.30pm tonight on a trike.

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