Mayor Paul McVeigh, winner of the CCCI Christmas Street Party draw Chris Henderson of Brigalow, Vanderfield Chinchilla's Damian Bourke and Ash from Rebel FM at the CCCI Christmas Street Party on Thursday night. 15/12/16
Mayor Paul McVeigh, winner of the CCCI Christmas Street Party draw Chris Henderson of Brigalow, Vanderfield Chinchilla's Damian Bourke and Ash from Rebel FM at the CCCI Christmas Street Party on Thursday night. 15/12/16 Matthew Newton

Former store owner takes home major 'buy local' prize

CHRIS Henderson, former owner of the Brigalow General Store, knows how important it is to shop locally.

The Brigalow resident, who shops local when he can, spent the last two months collecting "at least 50” forms for the Chinchilla Community Commerce and Industry Town Proud Buy Local campaign by purchasing goods and items around town.

By some strange twist of fate, it was an entry form Mr Henderson filled out after purchasing mower parts from major prize-donor Vanderfield that landed him the biggest prize of the night - a brand new Vanderfield John Deere D-125 lawn tractor.

Mr Henderson, who had joked with a mate earlier in the afternoon that he was going to win the big one, was stunned and excited.

At last night's CCCI Christmas Street Party, Mr Henderson at first didn't think he'd heard right.

Then Ash from Rebel FM called his name again and he leapt up to collect his new mower.

But there's only one problem.

"I've got nothing to mow at the moment. It's all prickles. Reckon you can organise some rain for me?” he said.

Earlier in the evening the second major prize was draw, with Allan Nicholls taking home 500 Chinchilla dollars to spend locally.

Hundreds of people, young and old, took to Heeney Street last night for the annual CCCI Christmas Street Party.


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