MILLICENT’S central business district was spun into a celebration of arts, craft and culture on Sunday when the town marked one of the biggest event’s on its social calendar.
Despite grey skies and drizzle, the Geltwood spirit was not dampened as hundreds of community members flocked to George, Davenport and Glen streets for the third annual Millicent Lions Club’s Family Fun and Market Day.
The event, declared the biggest since its inception, featured around 60 stalls including a traditional and diverse range of local craft, homemade produce, food stalls and entertainment.
Event organiser and Millicent Lions Club member Alan Rolfe said he was pleased with the outcome of the day, adding the overall response from those attending and involved was positive.
“It went very well and apart from the cloud and cool wind, everyone seemed to enjoy it,” he said.
“The crowds were good and everyone including shopkeepers had good traffic passing them and sales.
“We had 60 odd stalls and entertainment units, which was a lot more than last year.
“We also had quite a few other attractions including the model trains.
“There was a great atmosphere and everyone was happy with the event.”
Mr Rolfe said the event was an asset to the town because of the mixture of attractions, as well as the opportunity it provided for stall holders and shopkeepers to get together and offer a family fun day out.
“It gets families out and enjoying our town and what we have on offer,” he said.
“Local community groups added to the atmosphere and the family fun and market day gave their profile a push up.
“There was a fair bit of work put into organising the event, but we are happy with the end result and the reaction we have received from everyone.
“All in all it was quite entertaining and a nice day out for everyone.”
Retailers opened their doors to cater for the busy crowds from 10am, with young and old entertained by horse and sulky and steam tractor rides, a bungee run and a mechanical bull.
There were also performances from local musicians and buskers, as well as the Millicent Choral Society and the Adlair Highland Dance troupe.