2019 Wingham Christmas Street Carnival to benefit RFS

Colin Butcher, Ron Hindmarsh and Kathy McKay at the 2018 Wingham Christmas Street Carnival. Photo Scott Calvin
Colin Butcher, Ron Hindmarsh and Kathy McKay at the 2018 Wingham Christmas Street Carnival. Photo Scott Calvin

There will be an opportunity to say thank you to local RFS crews at this year's Wingham Christmas Street Carnival.

On Thursday 12 December carnival goers can show support to the RFS volunteers and cheer them on as they parade down Bent Street at 6pm.

The event is organised by the Wingham Chamber of Commerce with all profits made from the night being donated to nine local Rural Fire Service units including Bobin, Killabakh, Burrell Creek and Wingham's Wallaby Joe.

As always, Central Park and Bent Street will be transformed into a family friendly carnival from 5pm.

Bed races have been dropped from the program this year but Chamber will be holding a tug-o-war straight after the foot parade and businesses and community groups are being urged to put a team together.

Part proceeds will be donated to Taree Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA).

Throughout the night there's entertainment for all children with amusement rides and of course Santa will be making a guest appearance at 8pm.,

The carnival will have rides to entertain all ages together with various treats to eat along Bent Street.

Many of the local retailers will also be open during the carnival for a chance to do some late night Christmas shopping or just relax for a while with a coffee.

Chocolate wheels will be turning with plenty of chances to win a tasty Christmas ham and local community clubs and groups will be on hand to provide chances to win prizes as well as operating different food stalls.

The finale will be the lucky draw at 8.30pm where shoppers will have the chance to win $500 in shopping voucher prizes.

During the lead up to the carnival, participating outlets will be giving away shopper dockets to customers to enter into the draw, so shop local for Christmas in Wingham for your chance to win.

Participants are to be present at the draw to be eligible for the prizes.

Police, Taree VRA and Wingham SES volunteers will again be present to maintain a safe and enjoyable evening and parents are urged to ensure their children are fully supervised throughout the event.

There will be no traffic access into Bent Street between Isabella and Farquhar Streets after 4.30 pm, with road closures effective until the carnival finishes at 9.30pm.

All drivers are asked to remove their cars from Bent Street before 4pm to ensure safe conduct of the carnival.

The carnival will be donating profits to the following local RFS units:

  • Bobin
  • Bulga Plateau
  • Burrell Creek
  • Killabakh
  • Marlee
  • Mooral Creek
  • Mt George
  • Wherrol Flat/Caparra
  • Wingham Wallaby Joe