Forest Hill Christmas festivities are going ahead
ORGANISERS of the Forest Hill Christmas festival are putting their faith in the weather gods and are saying it's all good to go tonight.
The Forest Hill Christmas Festivities Facebook page is certainly jovial and upbeat putting out a post this morning saying the forecast was for "cloudy with a chance of ham!"
So the ham wheels will be spinning from 6pm on, when the main street of Forest Hill is blocked off to traffic and opened up to the pedestrian locals and visitors ready for the yuletide bonanza.
Forest Hill festivities secretary Ann Bichel said as well as the traditional favourites of the night like the SES barbecue, fairy floss stall and hot chips, there would be a couple of new items to delight the crowds including a slushie machine
"We want to keep the carnival traditional but also make it exciting," Ann said.
"We're hiring the cold room from Joshy's Hire and they are donating the use of the slushie machine."
The Salvation Army will also be on hand to run a doughnut stand.
Ann said there would be plenty of rides for the kids, including new ones, and, of course, the highlight of the night will be the visit from the North Pole of the jolly fat man with the white beard and the red suit.
"We've sent a request to Santa to put us in his diary and he'll be there to give a free parcel to every child," Ann said.
"He should be there around 7.45pm, depending on his reindeer."
Lovers of fine Christmas meats will be salivating at the prospect of the three ham wheels on offer.
"The ham wheels are a tradition everyone looks forward to," Ann said.
"IGA Laidley is looking after us very well with the hams."
Musical entertainment will be provided by the Forest Hill State School choir and they will start pumping out the tunes from 6.30pm.
"Andy Makim is directing the entertainment for us and he has also lined up the Movers and Groovers to perform on the stage," Ann said.
There will also be face painting and other entertainment for children.
Ann said the night was a highlight on Forest Hill's social calendar.
"It's the night the usually quiet town transforms and comes alive," she said.
"It's our highlight of the year and a wonderful event for everyone."
Ann said the town looked great since the renovations on the Forest Hill Hotel were completed earlier in the year.
There is a serious side to the celebrations as money is raised for local causes.
"Earlier this year Forest Hill Neighbourhood Watch got a $4000 grant from Lockyer Valley Regional Council for street cameras," Ann said.
"They cost $7000 so we are hoping to make up the $3000 shortfall.
"It's what we can do to make the community feel safer in their homes."