Gus Gillespie enjoys the jumping castle.
Gus Gillespie enjoys the jumping castle. Georja Ryan

More than a party for Yangan

WHAT began as a simple idea to bring the community together has become a not-to-be-missed annual event for parents, children and party-goers to celebrate Christmas.

The Yangan Christmas Party proved a success once again this year, as people flocked to the Yangan Hotel Motel on Saturday afternoon to enjoy the glorious weather and celebrate the festive season.

There were markets, animals, pony rides, ute pulls ... and the champagne was never too far from sight.

Murray Hughs joined in the festive occasion and said it was all part of being a local.

"I thought I'd do the right thing, being a local, and come down," Mr Hughs said.

"We come every year and it's great to help the community."

Owner of the Yangan Hotel Motel and event organiser Vanessa Butler said the idea of the Christmas party sprouted three years ago.

"It was originally a couple of us sitting around and it was during the drought three or so years ago, so everyone's spirits were down and a few people in town had been diagnosed with cancer, so we wanted to try and raise money for cancer and so we had this, then we got three inches of rain and raised the money and it's just gone from there," Mrs Butler said.

She said it was an excuse to get the town together to celebrate Christmas.

"It's really just a Christmas community gathering - a fun day with friends and family," Mrs Butler said.

"This year we've got something different so we've got the ute pull for the kids and yabbie races."


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