The annual Seymour Lions Club Bush Market is just around the corner.
The market will be held on Monday, March 12, with stalls including plants, clothes, household items and children’s toys, and visitors can also stay for lunch and enjoy a barbecue, hot potatoes and roast beef rolls.
Seymour Lions Club bush market organiser Bronwyn Allen said after 12 years of experience they had the event down to a fine art.
‘‘It’s run on the Monday Labour Day holiday, which is usually pretty advantageous as far as getting vendors and store-holders, because they’re usually committed to other markets on Saturdays and Sundays,’’ she said.
‘‘We usually get a good variety of local and out-of-town vendors coming to it. It’s on at Goulburn Park, so we utilise the park space there with the river to make it a nice setting.
‘‘We have live music ... and they actually go for about five hours, so they’re a pretty enthusiastic bunch. We also have carnival rides come along. For the young ones we have an animal farm, a petting zoo, face painting and some other activities like that. We always try to make a family-friendly event, and it’s an alcohol-free event.’’
Ms Allen said the Lions Club always tried to give local community groups the opportunity to have displays at the market.
‘‘The last few years we’ve had the SES, Victoria Police usually bring a vehicle and some promotional material, the Car Club comes down with a display, and we’re certainly encouraging of any other community groups who want to come along and have a display,’’ she said.
‘‘We try to have a good quality stores — we don’t have trash and treasure from the house that people are just trying to get rid of ... it’s all quality goods. The plant stores are always really popular with people, as well as shoes, handbags, and hardware, as well as second-hand books, toys, and fresh produce like honey, jam, fruit and vegies.’’
The organisers also make sure the event is accessible for everyone, with entry costing $2 for adults and free for children under 15 years.
Ms Allen this money would find its way back into the community.
‘‘We do annual school awards and scholarships at all the local schools, we give donations to the local health services, and we’ve also given donations over the years to groups like Seymour Radio, the Seymour Performers Workshop, the Youth and Fitness Club, Goulburn Options, the Men’s Shed and others,’’ she said.
The market is held from 9am to 2pm and entry is $2.
Anyone who is interested in having a stall at the market can phone Brenda on 0427 234 474 or email her at [email protected]