THE brand-new River Heads Markets were held for the first time at the weekend.
The market is promoted as an event Supporting Creative Locals.
Good News Fraser Coast made a quick stop at the markets on Sunday to see what was on offer.
Organisers did a really good job sharing the layout with those attending the event.
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In the days building up to the launch, a map of the market was shared on social media – giving people an idea of what could be found, and where.
The attention to detail was great, with quirky ‘road names’ given to different sections.
This made it easier for people to find what they were looking for.
It also made meeting up with family or friends less of a struggle; we’ve all been to markets where you try meet with friends and you just walk around aimlessly trying to find them while giving or receiving directions over the phone.
“Oh, you were standing next to the stall with the blue tent, yeah there were a few of those.”
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I know I’ve said some kind of variation on the above phrase before.
But the introduction of ‘Produce Place’, ‘Shady Lane’ and ‘Made with Love Lane’ on the map made sure that wasn’t a problem.
Stalls were fresh and offered a little bit of something for everyone.
From beautiful flowers, brightly coloured mosquito coil holders and kids activities to baby clothes, coffee and original art – and much, much more – the selection did not disappoint.
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I found the addition of several musicians performing live at different ‘busking stations’ was another clever tactic implemented by the organisers.
The music wasn’t too loud but it helped create a festive atmosphere.
It really was great to see so many people out giving the new markets a go.
When we arrived Ariadne Street was lined with vehicles on both sides of the road – but it was still easy to find parking.
Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour opened the markets and a plaque commemorating the first event was unveiled.
Cr Seymour said such initiatives help the community in many different ways.
Local creatives and small businesses were given an opportunity to showcase their talents and sell products, while the market supports the River Heads Progress Association.
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The River Heads Markets will be held from 8am to 12pm on the second Sunday of every month.
See you at the next one!
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