Community spirit to shine at the Boonah Christmas Street Festival

One of the floats displayed last year at the Boonah Christmas Street Festival. Photo: Supplied

One of the floats displayed last year at the Boonah Christmas Street Festival. Photo: Supplied

BOONAH will come alive for the annual Christmas street festival with this year’s theme of celebrating the sporting and active community.

About 50 businesses, services, sporting clubs and community groups are hard at work creating their floats for the event on Thursday, December 14.

The parade will begin at 6pm on High Street, including a fly over of airplanes.

There will be free rides such as laser skirmish, a jumping castle and a mechanical bull as well as face painting, a letters to Santa station and Santa photos available.

Entertainment will also include a magician and singer Helen Coleman on stage.

Hotels, cafes, art galleries and specialty stores will also be open for business on the night.

Boonah and District Chamber of Commerce secretary Margaret Fry said the chosen theme was inspired by the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

“With the theme of celebrating our sporting and active community, we want to encourage a lot of sporting groups and youths to join in the fun,” she said.

Ms Fry said thousands of people were expected to attend to see the floats representing diverse areas of the district.

“The festival has been a tradition in the community for over 30 years,” she said.

“The event is put on by the businesses who sponsor it, the chamber of commerce and Scenic Rim Regional Council.

“It is a chance for businesses to thank the community for their ongoing support.”

Ms Fry said the float parade was a spectacular sight which showed the herald of Christmas.

“You start to see emergency services come down the street in their floats and you hear the horns and sounds of the vehicles, then you see a mix a trucks and tractors from businesses and bike riders from the region.

“People can see an appearance from Santa and his slay go by.”

Prizes will be up for grabs for the best parade entries for two categories: an entry that celebrates the district’s sporting activities and another that reflects the active community.