The rain held off long enough for Berrigan to host its annual Market Night on Friday,
Dark clouds threatened overhead, however organisers decided the ‘show would go on’ despite more than half of the market stallholders cancelling due to the threat of rain.
Chanter St was transformed into a festival setting as hundreds of people turned out for the festivities.
Berrigan and District Development Association president John Lane said they were pleased with the decision to proceed despite the severe weather warnings.
‘‘It’s one of the biggest events on the Berrigan calendar so to cancel would not have been ideal.
‘‘Although there were a lot of market stall cancellations, I was glad to see a great attendance, probably the best result we could ask for given the weather.
‘‘This is a good pre-Christmas event and it really brings out the festive spirit in people. It’s a great example of how the community can come together.’’
Santa made an exciting arrival in a fire truck as youngsters sprinted the length of Chanter St to catch a glimpse.
Revellers were entertained by James Waugh as the MC and singing by St Columba’s principal Damien Taylor.
The joyous mood was shown on the faces of the many families and friends who gathered around tables or on the hay bale seating.
The noise outside Berrigan Bakehouse was deafening, with the crowd cheering on competitors in the pie eating contest.
Local community groups who ran market stalls reported a successful evening, with Amaroo Auxiliary selling plenty of raffle tickets and the Berrigan Men’s Shed selling out of sausages from its barbecue.