Streets full of shop­pers en­joy com­mu­nity fun

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Vanessa Jarrett Vanessa.Jarrett@cen­tral­tele­graph.com.au

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.

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