Beaudesert gathers for first major community event since the COVID-19 lockdown

CAROLS in the Park hosted by the Beaudesert Rotary Club attracted a decent crowd as families turned up to celebrate the first major community event in Jubilee Park since COVID restrictions were lifted.

Children and adults alike turned out in their festive clothes with no shortage of reindeer antlers and Christmas sparkle.

The crowd settled onto picnic blankets and folding chairs to sing along to all the favourite Christmas carols and enjoy performances by local musicians including Keith Dunn, A-Choired Taste, Tiffany Kuiper, Jess Holbrok, the McAuley College Choir and the Harmonettes.

Ian Smeed and Joanna Funk from Kooralbyn's Cannon Creek Country Band gave a rousing rendition of Feliz Navidad as well as performing an original song penned by Mr Smeed about the challenges triggered by the COVID-19 health crisis.

Beaudance Academy once again delivered with two amazing performances.

Santa was on hand to greet local children, with a COVID safe plan in place.

Scenic Rim Regional Council was represented by Councillor Virginia West after she stepped in for Cr Michael Enright who was unwell.

After a day of extreme heat, families took advantage of the ice cream van and various other food stalls.

Zonta volunteers were also in attendance with glow sticks, which proved popular with the children.

The atmosphere at the event was one of joyful celebration as residents were able to once again gather in public to take part in what has become an annual Christmas tradition at Beaudesert.

The event was supported by Scenic Rim Regional Council, Beaudesert CWA, Beaudesert Scouts, Beaudesert Lions Club, Beaudesert Zonta, Scott Buchholz MP, Jon Krause MP and Cr Michael Enright.