“Stunning” Sanger Street

By Jarryd Barca

The 2018 Corowa Christmas Festival was one to remember, with Sanger Street as busy as it’s ever been. 

From the local bands, school choirs singing carols, a visit from Santa and children’s entertainment to the range of different food and drink stalls available,  it’s no wonder the feedback has been only positive. 

Corowa Business Chamber Secretary Kay Fredericks told The Free Press the annual event on November 30 was a great united community effort.

“It was a really good team this year, there was about eight of us on the committee, everybody had a job and everybody followed through on their job, but all the businesses that contributed to the voucher draw as well, we had about 76 businesses throw in 50 bucks each and that all went out as cash to people on the night,” she explained. 

“It was just stunning, absolutely happy with how it all turned out, it was a really great community effort, the band was great, there were lots of things on, wine and beer tasting, absolutely everywhere and where we could we had local people only and it was great. 

“There was great local enterprise and it was just fabulous fun for the kids. Kids were drawing chalk on the pavement which was great, one of the parents came up to me and said it’s the first time they’ve been able to be out and not spend any money, there was lots of stuff for kids to do for nothing.

“That’s important to hear because the economy is tight for a lot of families and it was really pertinent.”

Ms Fredericks said she was grateful for the endless amount of community support and effort from the events and chamber team to organise this year’s Christmas festival. 

“We must acknowledge the Business Chamber and Events, Corowa Curtains, Federation Council, Rowena Black – she pulled the concert together – and all her wonderful musical students, Liz from the Royal Hotel brought up the pony rides and balloon man all for nothing which was seriously generous of her and the Corowa Football Netball Club for lending their tables and chairs. 

“All of the local food providers as well, there were so many of them and all of the market stalls were great.

“Overall it was a fabulous experience, a really big team effort and it was a great way to kick off the Christmas season.”

The committee team has been working and meeting together every week for three months to organise and make the necessary phone calls to make the night happen, and Ms Fredericks couldn’t overstate how important it was for everyone to pull their weight. 

The contributions from all local businesses and individuals who had an input in this year’s Sanger Street Christmas festival are no doubt largely thanked by the whole community.