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Market makeover: High hopes for monthly community event

By Seymour Telegraph

The Seymour Community Market has a new home and an inspired new attitude to go with it.

Last month’s market set up shop in King’s Park and with only three days to notify market goers, had tremendous crowds for the event.

Stallholders and buyers are hopeful the success of the last market will continue and grow as the new King’s Park location has a lot more potential for the monthly event to expand.

Seymour Community Market co-ordinator Michelle Kettels was thrilled with last month’s outcome and has high hopes for what is to come.

‘‘From the community feedback we received, the old location at Goulburn Park wasn’t adequate for our needs,’’ she said.

‘‘Now we’re dealing directly with the King’s Park committee who are quite happy to have us at the new location.

‘‘We have more opportunity to grow at King’s Park and I’ve already had a few more stallholders inquire about our next market.’’

With the next market scheduled for Easter Saturday, there looks to be a bigger and better event planned.

The new home of King’s Park has numerous benefits for the market.

With growth a huge factor for the future prosperity of the market, the central location and easy visibility from the road for travellers, King’s Park is set to be the perfect place for the monthly market.

‘‘In Goulburn Park we weren’t visible,’’ Ms Kettels said.

‘‘Now we’re the first stop for travellers as well as being right in the centre of town.

‘‘There will be a few times when the market clashes with other events but there are ways to negotiate these with the King’s Park committee.’’

With 30 stalls already set up at the market, there’s a long list of variety on offer.

From food, crafts, plants, books, clothing, comicon items, handmade wood works, jewellery, novelty items, bric-a-brac and animals, there really is something for everyone at the Seymour Community Market.

Now, in order for the market to really flourish, they need the community’s help.

‘‘We’re hoping the community will get behind our market and keep coming back,’’ Ms Kettels said.

‘‘We hope we can attract more stallholders to our market and we’re always looking for suggestions of what people want.

‘‘There’s also plenty of opportunities for people to raise money through a barbecue or the gate takings.’’

Stallholder Dave Palmer is hoping the community will really get behind the market for it to thrive.

‘‘We have this huge space for our market, we just need to get more people attending and that way more exhibitors will be attracted,’’ Mr Palmer said.

‘‘Nagambie has a flourishing market and Seymour is this giant place, yet our market is struggling — it doesn’t seem right.

‘‘Remember: no people, no vendors; no vendors, no market — it’s up to all of us.’’

■The next Seymour Community Market will be held at King’s Park on Saturday, April 20. For more information and inquiries head to facebook.com/Seymour-Community-Market-306001896594242