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Ararat set for annual carols by candlelight celebration

READY FOR CAROLS: Above, Judd Potter, 5, Hudson Day 2, and Isabel Day 4, get ready for Ararat carols. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

READY FOR CAROLS: Above, Judd Potter, 5, Hudson Day 2, and Isabel Day 4, get ready for Ararat carols. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

Ararat’s Alexandra Gardens will come to life on Saturday night with the sound of music, singing and the excitement of fireworks during the city’s annual carols by candlelight.
Long-time Ararat community service group Ararat’s Y’smen and Y’smenettes have again promised a big evening of family celebration from 6pm.
Event spokesman Joe Perry said the festivities would start with a barbecue, with carols entertainment scheduled for about 7pm.
“It will carry through to midnight when there will again be a big fireworks display,” he said.
Mr Perry said Ararat carols remained a community event ‘run by local people for local people’.
“It’s the 24th time we’ve organised it and it is always a big occasion,” he said.
“There will be a host of Ararat district performers, plenty of face-painting and free fairy floss.
“I’ve even heard a whisper that Santa might be dropping in for a visit.
“We usually attract between 1000 and 1500 people, but if we get a good night we could get up to 3000.
“Regardless of the weather, we always have staunch supporters who come rain, hail or shine, but when the weather is kind we always get a very good crowd.”
Mr Perry said the Y’smen and Y’smenettes had been running events throughout the year to raise money for the carols night.
“We ran a monthly trash and treasurer and had barbecues and other events to put it on,” he said.
“Golden Gateway Festival princess Darcy West also nominated the carols as her fundraising project and we’ve greatly appreciated her assistance.
“There will be local acts including quite a few stalwarts and we’ll have the Ararat Sing Australia choir backed by Ararat City Brass Band.
“Bruce Bartlett will compere the night, Wally Pope will lead the band and Kris Hughes will be in charge of the choir.”
Mr Perry said a loss in funding for fireworks meant the committee was requesting gold coin donations on the night and would also sell battery-operated candles. Programs will be free of charge.
“We guarantee the fireworks will be as spectacular as ever, but we’ve needed to dig a bit deeper to find the funds. It will be a great night at Alexandra Gardens,” Mr Perry said.
Communities across the region are presenting carols by candlelight attractions.
Rupanyup Community Christmas Carols will be in Cromie Street at 7.30pm on December 17.
A Santa visit will be at 8.45pm and Rupanyup Lions Club members will hand out icy poles.

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