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Merredin’s Christmas Gala Night

Published on Tuesday, 11 January 2022 at 11:52:57 AM

Hundreds of Merredin and Wheatbelt locals made their way down to the main streets for one of Merredin’s biggest events of the year, Gala Night, held on Thursday, 16 December 2021. The event kicked off just before 6pm, with a demonstration by Merredin Youth Boxing, before Shire President Mark McKenzie officially opened the event on the main stage.

The streets were once again packed full with market stalls, entertainment, and amusements, and local businesses opened their doors for late night trading, welcoming customers until 9pm that night.

The electric atmosphere was ignited further by the wonderful local entertainment including Rural Dance, Merredin College Choir, Merredin Bootscooters, and Brother and I.

Children let loose in their designated silly string Leisure Zone, which returned to the program after being an absolute hit in 2020. Other activities included the shooting game, Pluck a Dino, Lucky Numbers, Mega Glow van, Burracoppin FC handball game, and the Dodgy Bros inflatable dodgeball arena (pictured below).


At 7.15pm, Santa and Mrs Claus were welcomed to Merredin by a crowd of children and their parents, who lined up for the chance to meet them and receive a bag of lollies. Santa arrived on the back on a train driven by the Merredin Men’s Shed, who kindly agreed to escort him from his Sleigh which was parked up at the Merredin CRC.

The adults only Chill Out Lounge with a pop up bar and seating area also returned this year, and was run by Northside Tavern in conjunction with the Merredin Sports Council.

It was fantastic to see so many people lining the street for Gala Night and supporting businesses in town by buying local!

The Shire would like to thank the following people, businesses and organisations for their contributions to the night.

Lotterywest                                                     Collgar Wind Farm

CBH                                                                Combined Tyres
Merredin Farms                                              Merredin Police
Merredin Playgroup                                        Avon Youth

Working Party
Hayley Billing                                                  Ebony Cleveland
Chesney Maloney                                           Cynthia West
Maddie Earle-Sadler

Business Raffle
Merredin Flowers and Gifts                             Petticoat Lane
Two Dogs                                                        Cockies Ag
Merredin Panel and Paint                                AIM Dental Merredin
Leo'z Urban Wear and Skate                          Go MAD
Marie Bartlett Tupperware                               Café 56
Merredin Cinema and Café                             Subway
Mini MAD                                                         Noice Nails
The Cutting Room on Bates                            Australia Post
Edgecombe's Jewellers                                   Nextra
Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre                     Nutrien Ag Solutions
Wheatbelt Tech Supplies                                 Ron Bateman & Co
IGA & IGA Variety                                            Elders Real Estate
Dimensions Café                                             Merredin Toyota
Wild Poppy Café                                              Inspire Merredin
Hutton and Northey Sales                               Bizzy Scissors
Merredin Aim Cosmetic and Wellness Centre
Merredin Harvest Fresh Food Market


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