Bumper Crowd at Eudunda Christmas Street Party

 

The Eudunda community came out to enjoy the Christmas Street Parade and Party on Friday December 9, with more than 400 adults and children attending. After unfavourable weather the day before, the town was blessed with a beautiful evening.

Many local Community Groups including Emergency Services and Businesses showcased their great floats in the Parade along the streets.

Crowds lined the main street, applauding as the parade passed by and children were busy collecting as many lollies as possible thrown in by those in the parade.

Santa Claus joined the end of the parade, ringing his bell and waving as he drove along.
This year many of the children ‘high 5ed’ Santa to say hello and welcome.  John Worrall was the driver of the historic restored red Eudunda fire engine replacing Santa’s Sleigh and as they progressed along the street, a large crowd followed behind, as all headed to the Eudunda Centennial Gardens where the action was about to start.

Railway Terrace behind the old Weisner Building was foodie alley with everyone having a wide variety of food to choose from by the local groups and businesses who supported the event.

The scene at the gardens was busy, the children were excited as there was lots of things to do; camel rides, children’s jumping castles and activities on the roadside, and the arrival of Santa.

MC for the night, was the smiling Christmas Elf Ali Schutz who was keen to make sure all were on their best behaviour.
With the help of his Christmas Elves, Katie Preston & Regina Scholz, Santa was very busy as there was close to 140 children receiving a gift from him, with lots of parents just as excited on seeing their young ones receive a gift.

Entertainment on the night included the St John’s Lutheran Primary School Choir, the Eudunda Area School Choir, dance performances from Bec Noack’s students of United 2 Dance, the Barossa & Districts Pipe Band, Camel Rides, Jumping Castles, a Sticky Fly Wall, Lucky Dips, Raffles, Competitions and Face Painting. There was also live music in the Eudunda Gardens by Brad Bryksy who was a great hit playing until 11pm when the evening ended.

Eudunda Community, Business and Tourism Committee (ECBAT) Chairperson, Cirsten Leditschke said “The night would not have happened without the great work of the very small sub-committee of ECBAT, and our committee and I am sure I speak for the whole community too, would like to thank Katie Preston, Regina Scholz, Belinda McDonnell and Jaime Pfitzner for their tireless effort and hard work.”

During the evening Elf Ali told of the great work the Street Party Committee had been doing during the year in fund-raising. The girls had donated $500 toward three charities, Dyslexia SA Lower Mid North, Back Packs for Kids and Ride with a Mate for Leukaemia.  Great work too as the team also raised the funds to put on the Street Party for the community.

Prize winners for the evening were The St Johns Lutheran Church with the Best Community Float and Goyder Electrical and Hidden Treasures with Best Business Float, each winning $50 cash. Kennedy Geister, Jaz Williams and Lillian Crawford were the winners of the Colouring in Competition in their age groups and Mark Schutz was the lucky winner of the full esky raffle prize.

Committee member Katie Preston said the committee wanted to thank additional people who did exceptional work for the night, being Andrew Partington of Goyder Electrical and Trevor Rowland for organising the seating and tables, staging, power, sound and lights which helped set the scene so well.
“We also thank the Regional Council of Goyder and their workers who support the event by blocking off the main street.  Of course all of those mentioned put in a big effort as they then take it all down at the end of the night too,” Ms Preston said.

“We were pleased with how it went, thanks to all those that attended, participated and assisted with help on the night to make the evening another successful community event.
People can leave feedback on the Facebook group and so far we have had positive suggestions. We will also be looking for more helpers on the committee next year. We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.”

 

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Some of the children who were lucky to have their photo taken with Santa and his elves, Katie amd Jaime, before he left to deliver presents to all the children.
L-r: Charlotte Nietschke, Santa, India Cluse, Ayla Schutz, Tarkin Schutz, Amalie Jenke, Farrah Thompson. Front: Bethany (Betty) Jenke.

 

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Cameliere Danny Rowet, from the Farm Barn brought his regal camels to the parade where they carried two wise men and two travellers from afar (Amon & Malin are German Backpackers staying with John and Nicole Milde of Eudunda). L-r: Amon Peterson (Traveller), Malin Peterson (Traveller), Cody Reese (Wise Man), and Thomas McDonnell (Wise Man).

 

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Local gift shop staff at Hidden Treasures seems to have got carried away with the Christmas Wrapping this year and managed to wrap up two of their ladies from the shop as well as all the presents under the tree. They did such a good job that they won the award for ‘Best Business Float’. L-r: Angela Prior and Judy Partington.

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