Town Celebrates Christmas Spirit

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THE streets of Cooroy came alive last Friday and Saturday with the annual Christmas in Cooroy festivities.

Friday night saw the judging of the photographic competition with winners being announced. Venue for this was the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre.

First prize went to Judith Spence for her shot of Crabs Sharing a Prawn, second was Di Gibbs with dog Ralph at Marcoola Beach and third went to an untitled work by Peta Hempsall.

The crowd then moved up the street see little Alice Arnold turn on the Christmas lights.

More delight was to come as snow then started falling, courtesy of two snow machines situated on rooftops on either side of the Christmas tree.

Christmas parade

SATURDAY saw what has been described by locals, those new to the area and interstate visitors as athe best and happiest Christmas festivities they have seena when the annual Christmas street parade was held.

More than 1000 people poured into the town for the event.

Prior to its start, the annual Santa race was a lot of fun as about 50 Santas in various states of race fitness, raced or jogged up Maple St.

Floats and participants in the parade included sporting groups, church groups, the council mobile library, Katie Rose Cottage, Woodworkers Club, Cooroy Noosa Genealogy Group, fitness clubs, local fire brigades, Cooroy State School and, of course, Santa.

After the march, hundreds of people stayed on for the entertainment provided in Apex Park and the fireworks were a crowd pleaser.

Genealogy trivia

TOMORROW sees the final general meeting for 2012 for the Cooroy Noosa Genealogical & Historical Research Group Inc at 1.30pm followed by a history trivia quiz. All are welcome to go along to the group's research rooms at 41 Miva St, Cooroy.

After this, the research rooms will be closed for the Christmas New Year period to allow volunteers time to recharge their batteries ready to assist people researching their family trees or local history. …