Seven sleeps until a very Murray Christmas

Murray residents: get your bells ready to jingle, Santa is coming to town on December 7 for the Shire’s 2016 Community Christmas Celebration. 

From 5pm, Pinjarra’s Cantwell park will be buzzing with twilight markets selling arts and crafts, food stalls, and free activities for everyone, including craft stations, a coveted bucking bull ride, facepainting and a horse racing game. 

Several paid amusements such as laughing clown, duck game, grab-a-bag and lucky numbers will also be available for families attending the event.

At 5.30pm attendees will have the opportunity to dance to the beat of country rock singer and songwriter Ray Ryder and his band before Father Christmas and his loyal helpers appear at 6pm to delight the little ones. 

“Murray’s annual Christmas Celebration offers entertainment for all ages and is a highlight on the Shire’s event calendar,” Murray Shire president Maree Reid said.

“Last year’s event attracted people from across the region who enjoyed the festive activities and atmosphere.”

Ms Reid also said the festival is “Murray’s largest, free community event promotes social inclusion, healthy families and is of significant economic benefit to the district”. 

“We look forward to delivering another enticing festival in 2017,” she said.

Planning for the 2017 Pinjarra Festival is also underway thanks to an $80,000 budget allocation in the Shire’s 2016/17 Budget.

Stallholder applications and expressions of interest for the provision of a licensed area at the festival will open mid-December. 

Details will be available from the Shire’s website, murray.wa.gov.au/Pinjarra-festival.

Residents of all ages and musical abilities are invited to tag along Ray Ryder’s free music and song writing workshop at the Pinjarra Civic Centre.

The event will kick off at 9am on December 8  and will cover topics such as instrument skills, song writing, sound and lighting production, sound recording and reality TV music shows such as X Factor, Australia’s Got Talent and The Voice.

The workshop is limited to 20 participants, so residents are encouraged to register as soon as possible by calling Shire of Murray events officer Sally Donkin on 9531 7777 or sending an email to mailbag@murray.wa.gov.au. 

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