More than 700 people enjoyed a free community event to celebrate Christmas in Kyabram.December 26, 2012 3:20pm
More than 700 people gathered at Memorial Gardens on Friday evening to enjoy Kyabram Chamber of Commerce’s Community Christmas Carnival.
Campaspe Shire Council’s three Kyabram-Deakin councillors — Robert Danieli, Neil Pankhurst and Carol Howell — each gave donations from their discretionary funds and council chief executive Keith Baillie also provided funding to enable the event to be free for the community to enjoy.
‘‘I hope this night goes some way to helping the community enjoy Christmas this year,’’ Cr Danieli said.
The Kyabram Lions and Rotary clubs ran the barbecue and Teen Challenge cooked up pancakes.
There was also fairy floss and snow cone stands, run by Kyabram Chamber of Commerce members, while a jumping castle and Robyn the Clown, with face painting and games, entertained children along with Girl Guides who sold glow sticks and handed out song sheets.
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The top prize of $5200 worth of goods was won by Bob Wright from Melbourne, second prize of an outdoor setting worth $900 went to Glenn Thorne of Mooroopna and third prize of a $200 Safeway voucher had a local winner in Kyabram’s Doug Ball.
The 15 finalists for Kyabram Chamber of Commerce’s KatchyainKy prize draw were then invited onto the stage to each select a hat from the Christmas tree before opening concealed envelopes to reveal their prize.
All the prize winners were local residents with the top prize of $2500 going to Emma Breen, the $1000 second prize to Trish Renshaw and third prize of $500 to Lorraine Harvie.
Each winner will be able to spend their vouchers at participating Kyabram Chamber of Commerce businesses.
The crowd then settled down to enjoy Carols by Candlelight, organised by Kyabram Ministers Fellowship.
Singers including the Kyabram P-12 College Choir, accompanied by the Rushworth Brass Band, invited everyone to sing along with traditional Christmas songs including The First Noel, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, While Shepherds Watched Their Flock, Mary’s Boy Child, Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Silent Night, Joy to the World and We Wish you a Merry Christmas.
The meaning of Christmas was also portrayed in verse.
The night ended with a bang as Mr Skye Candy lit up the skies above Kyabram Recreation Reserve with a spectacular fireworks display.
Chamber of Commerce president Sheryl Hatch said the evening was aimed at bringing the community and families together.
‘‘It was great to see so many local community groups working together for a common cause,’’ Mrs Hatch said.
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