CANCELLED: Santa will not be required in Murgon this year
CANCELLED: Santa will not be required in Murgon this year Michael Nolan

Crushing decision to cancel the fair

MURGON Christmas Fair organisers are heartbroken after they made the decision to cancel this year's Christmas fair yesterday due to heavy rain forecasts.

Murgon Business Association vice-president Mark Smith said he was "in a world of hurt" but a decision had to be made.

"It costs $30,000 to get the rides here from Brisbane," he said.

"As soon as they leave their driveway, we have to pay them."

With weather forecasters predicting a high chance of heavy rain, the Christmas Fair Committee could not take the chance.

"We sincerely apologise but we made this decision for all the right reasons," Mr Smith said.

"The rides require a lot of electricity and, as we know, water and electricity are a bad mix.

"Even the ride operators said it wasn't looking good."

Organisers made it clear the event was cancelled and not postponed.

"There was talk to push it back to Monday but the rain will be just as bad then," Mr Smith said.

"We will just put our focus into next year."

The Murgon Christmas Fair is an opportunity for the 65 participating businesses to bring the fair to town and show thanks to the community.

To cancel the event is not a decision made lightly.

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