• CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: Families flocked to Anzac Park to enjoy an evening of Christmas revelry on Sunday with plenty of activities and food along with traditional Christmas Carols and a spectacular display of fireworks.

WITH the beautiful backdrop of Anzac Park, Warracknabeal Action Group hosted the community from across the region for the annual Family Christmas Festival on Sunday.
An enormous crowd of over 1000 people made the most of warm sunny weather to take in all the action on offer during the evening’s festivities.
With such a wide variety of food and activities on offer, there was literally something for everyone to enjoy.
Children of all ages were able to take part in many activities which included face painting, a jumping castle, photo booth and good old fashioned games held by Rotaract and a special treat with Wal the Magic Magician wowing the audience with his tricks.
Family groups made the most of the night and balnkets were dotted around the park with all the good spots taken early.
Food outlets were kept busy feeding and watering the large crowd providing a vast array of choices to tempt the tastebuds.
Choices ranged from a good old-fashioned BBQ, to chicken steaks, Kebabs, hot chips and dim sims along with milk shakes and ice-cream.
Santa and Mrs Claus made a flying visit to join in the festive atmosphere and were a huge hit with kids of all ages.
The Warracknabeal and District Band was joined by the Wimmera Voices and a combined school choir and led the audience in traditional carols along with other Christmas-related songs.
Andy Malcolm delivered a beautiful, moving Christmas message that reminded everyone present why we celebrate at this time of year.
Capping off the night was a spectacular fireworks display that lit up the night’s sky and enthralled the audience.
“We would really like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one who has made this event possible for everyone to enjoy,” said Christmas Festival committee president, Kathryn Wilken-Jackson.
“We have had wonderful businesses step up and support this event to help fund this wonderful night,” she said.