Lucindale gets festive

IT'S one of the highlights on the Lucindale calendar each year and the 2013 event did not disappoint.

The Lions Christmas street party, which has been held in a shed at Yakka Park for the last five years, was on December 13.

A large crowd of children, parents and community members gathered from 6.30pm to celebrate the festive season in a social and fun environment. 

Coordinator Heather Somerville said everyone had a wonderful time.

"It was great," she said. "The whole district wasn't there but everyone who was had a fantastic time and said they hoped to do it again next year.

"There was a great feeling of community camaraderie."

The local CFS sold hot beef rolls as its major fundraiser for the year while Red Cross had a dessert table set up.

The Women's and Children's Hospital also had a stall selling donuts and fairy floss.

Activities for the children included a jumping castle and mini go-karts.

There was a special visitor all the way from the North Pole too - Father Christmas, who rode in on "Pip" Pilgrim's vintage car.

"Father Christmas was wonderful," Mrs Somerville said.

"He gave out little bags of lollies to the children. They just loved it."

There was a monster raffle to help cover costs and the major prize - a coffee machine - was won by Lynette Loechel.

Second and third prizes - a leg of lamb and a steak pack - were donated by Scott Bittner from Southern Australian Livestock and there were smaller prizes donated by various members of the community.

For the first time a Christmas lights competition was hosted by the Women's and Children's Hospital which had lots of entries.

"Everyone put in a lot of effort," Mrs Somerville said.

"It went really well and there were a few encouragement awards given out as well. Next year we are hoping for it to be even bigger and better."

The Christmas street party was supported by Lucindale Lions Club and a generous financial contribution from Naracoorte Lucindale Council.

It will be held again next year on the last day of school's fourth term in December.

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