By Trevor Jackson
THE Mount Gambier Showgrounds will be a hive of activity Friday and Saturday with a twilight and day market.
Around 50 stall holders will set up inside and outside the show hall, offering a wide variety of goods including homewares, clothing and food, as well as access to a photo booth.
After the annual spring show was cancelled due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Mount Gambier Agricultural and Horticultural Show Society looked for another option to hold a public event.
Secretary Kelly Beard said the response from businesses in the region to support the event was “awesome”.
“We will have inside and outside stalls, set up in the main hall and on the northern side,” she said.
“There will be everything from home made arts and crafts, candles, babies clothing, a photo van, hot dogs, pancakes and lots of things like that.
“There should be something for everyone.
“Everyone should be able to finish their Christmas shopping I hope.”
Children’s entertainment has unfortunately taken a blow due to coronavirus restrictions, with jumping castles and face painting not allowed.
However, there will be plenty to keep the youngsters intrigued.
One stall holder who is excited about the chance to show her wares is Kaela McKee from Sunflower Child.
Her businesses creates women’s and babies fashions and home wares, with a focus on waste reduction, specifically fabric from the fashion industry.
“I use recycled fabrics in my business,” Ms McKee said.
“With fast fashion at this stage, a lot of fabric is wasted daily from people not buying the clothes.
“We make to order so we don’t waste fabric.”
Ms McKee said there appeared to be an increase in people wanting to support small business and a sustainable future in the COVID era.
Many such businesses will be on display tonight and tomorrow with the chance for the Limestone Coast community to support those in the region.
A raffle will conducted over the two days, with all stall holders expected to add to the bounty, with just the one major prize on offer.
Ms Beard said she expected the value of the prize to reach or exceed $1000.
Entry to the venue is via the Showman’s Guild gates on Pick Avenue, with parking onsite.
Gates open Friday at 4pm, with the market to close at 9pm.
It all kicks off again Saturday at 11am and runs through to 4pm.