Amy Jochheim has her face pained ready for Santas arrival.
Amy Jochheim has her face pained ready for Santas arrival.

Festive crowd at Wondai

A HUGE crowd attended the 70th Wondai's annual Christmas Carnival last Saturday, despite distant looming rain clouds. As the barbecues fired up at 5pm to feed the hungry masses, the famed raffle draws were setting up for their 6pm start before the arrival of Santa at 7.30pm.

As the big man in red arrived in the back of a trailer pulled by ute decked out in Christmas glitter and a reindeer's mannequin head, 100s of kids crowded around for his handouts of ice blocks, much the delight of parents to keep their siblings happy, smiling and quite.

The Wondai and District Town Band played on the Hotel Cecil verandah. Wondai's favourite son 90-year-old Percy Iszlaub is still in the band lively as ever, playing his silver tuba.

Wondai Show Society volunteers are assisted by Wondai Lions to stage the event.

Doug Wells from Lions was happy with the turnout.

"While we're struggling to get new members, I'm proud of what our small band of workers have done,” he said.

"Looking around it's good to see so many from all over the region, come to Wondai to enjoy the festivities. It's a time when we can all mix, enjoy and have fun. Some of the raffle's intake tonight will help to build up our $1500 donation to Angel Flight.”

The function is major fundraiser for the Wondai Show which celebrates its 100th anniversary next year.