Excitement builds as carnival nears
WITH the silly season rapidly approaching, communities across the south-east are laying out the tinsel and awaiting Santa's arrival for Christmas carnivals.
Organisation of the Marburg Christmas Carnival, one of many across the region, is already well under way.
Marburg's carnival will have a ham wheel operating, with 50 hams to be won on the day.
Marburg Christmas Carnival chairman Norm Reinke said the evening promised to entertain patrons young and old.
"It's always a great night," he said. "The people really enjoy it and there are always good crowds."
Mr Reinke said the carnival had a long history in town.
"The carnival would have been going on 50-plus years," he said.
"We used to take our kids to it when they were young and the eldest is 44 now.
"It's got a real place in the local calendar."
Christmas magic will take on a new meaning at the carnival, with Mal the Magician performing on the night along with country musician Shane Hauschildt.
There will also be children's entertainment, with mini bikes, a jumping castle, animal nursery, face painting and a balloon sculptor.
The entertainment won't just be for children though, with a multi-draw raffle to be held and a carnival dance taking place following the carnival at 8.30pm.
The carnival will be held on Saturday December 3, at the Marburg Showgrounds from 5pm, with Santa arriving at 7pm.
In the Lockyer Valley, the Laidley Christmas Carnival will be held the night before Marburg's, at the Laidley Showgrounds, while the Gatton carnival will be hosted on Thursday December 15 from 6pm.
In the Somerset region, the Esk Community Choir Christmas Concert will be held on Sunday, December 4 at the Esk State School from 2pm.
The Lowood Show Christmas Carnival will be held on Saturday December 10, at the Lowood Showgrounds from 5.30pm to 9.30pm.