KARIBOE STREET SPRING FAIR
Streets full of shoppers enjoy community fun
BILOELA’S CBD was abuzz last week for the Callide Dawson Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Spring into Kariboe Street fair.
“It was a huge success. Families spent quality time with each other, people seemed to enjoy being able to be present at some old-fashioned fun,” chamber president Genevieve Gleeson said.
“There was no pressure or time constraints and other than food, the entertainment was free.
“Our purpose was to have an old-fashioned family fun night, showcasing our main-street businesses and reminding people of the shops and businesses that we have.”
Not only did the crowd have a good time but local businesses were also well supported and agreed it was a great success.
“All the food businesses did a roaring trade, with two of them booked out and the cafes doing a very busy evening,” Mrs Gleeson said.
“All the retail traders said the exposure they had to customers who work during their (usual opening) hours made it a great evening.”
The event was the first of its kind for the chamber and it was the result of a lot of planning from dedicated volunteers.
“We started co-ordinating the event back in February. There has been monthly meetings and then weekly/ fortnightly meetings for the last month,” Mrs Gleeson said. “We had to organise what the entertainment was, road closure, decorations and time frames.”
The main event of the fair was the Callide Dawson Coin Draw.
“Celebrating the giving out of $2600 local dollars was the main reason behind the event,” Mrs Gleeson said.
“We had 52 local chamber businesses donate to the Callide Dawson Coin Draw. Every time someone spent over $20 in-store, they went in the draw to win the shop local vouchers.
“We wanted people to recognise and support local.”
The fair brought business to the smaller retailers in the CBD and Mrs Gleeson said this was another aim of the event.
“To recognise and promote our smaller businesses and remind people that if you shop local you are investing in the future of our community and our services,” she said.
As perfect weather set in throughout the night, the crowd started to thicken and the fair was a big success.
“We honestly didn’t know what to expect. At 6pm there weren’t many people in the street and then at 7pm it was packed,” Mrs Gleeson said.
“We hope that next year more people join in with the bike parade, but other than that the crowd was fantastic and we are thrilled with it.”
The planning for next year’s event has already begun and Mrs Gleeson said the chamber hopes the spring fair will become an annual event.
“We have already date claimed for Wednesday, September 19, 2018 – same time, same place,” she said.
FAMILY FUN: Bike parade entrants ride up and down the street.