Gypsy and Poet Skilton at the Kingaroy Christmas Carnival.
Gypsy and Poet Skilton at the Kingaroy Christmas Carnival. Rhiannon Tuffield

Carnival a source of festive joy for Kingaroy

THE Kingaroy Christmas Carnival is a tradition surpassing many, but in 2014 it almost shut down.

Two years later and the carnival is stronger than ever, with more than 5000 people in attendance last Thursday. 

Kingaroy Christmas Carnival Committee president Craig Lucas said the event went off without a hitch and became so busy revellers queued up to 45 minutes for a ride.

"It was a really good evening and there was a massive turnout," he said.

The carnival almost came to an end two years ago when there weren't enough volunteers to keep it going.

Mr Lucas said he was thankful for those who volunteered their time to keep the tradition alive.

"It would've been a very sad thing for the community had that happened," Mr Lucas said.

"It's the one time of the year when people are home. They come from the towns and out from the farm to catch up with friends, family and just unwind.

"We try to run it at a cost that is accessible to people so they can come along, have something to eat, go on a ride and have fun."

The committee will hold its first planning meeting in the new year.

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