Much to of­fer

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - Beau­ti­ful weather led to an ex­cel­lent crowd en­joy­ing 100 stalls at the Labour Day bush mar­ket. By Gus McCub­bing

The an­nual Sey­mour Li­ons Club Bush Mar­ket is just around the cor­ner.

Mar­ket stalls in­clude plants, clothes, house­hold items and chil­dren’s toys, and vis­i­tors can also stay for lunch and en­joy a bar­be­cue, hot pota­toes and roast beef rolls.

Sey­mour Li­ons Club bush mar­ket or­gan­iser Bron­wyn Allen said af­ter 12 years of ex­pe­ri­ence they had the event down to a fine art.

‘‘It’s run on the Mon­day Labour Day hol­i­day, which is usu­ally pretty ad­van­ta­geous as far as get­ting ven­dors and store­hold­ers, be­cause they’re usu­ally com­mit­ted to other mar­kets on Satur­days and Sun­days,’’ she said.

‘‘We usu­ally get a good va­ri­ety of lo­cal and out-oftown ven­dors com­ing to it. It’s on at Goul­burn Park, so we utilise the park space there with the river to make it a nice set­ting.

‘‘We have live mu­sic . . . and they ac­tu­ally go for about five hours, so they’re a pretty en­thu­si­as­tic bunch. We also have car­ni­val rides come along. For the young ones we have an an­i­mal farm, a pet­ting zoo, face paint­ing and some other ac­tiv­i­ties like that. We al­ways try to make a fam­ily-friendly event, and it’s an al­co­hol­free event.’’

Ms Allen said the Li­ons Club al­ways tried to give lo­cal com­mu­nity groups the op­por­tu­nity to have dis­plays at the mar­ket.

‘‘The last few years we’ve had the SES, Vic­to­ria Po­lice usu­ally bring a ve­hi­cle and some pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial, the Car Club comes down with a dis­play, and we’re cer­tainly en­cour­ag­ing of any other com­mu­nity groups who want to come along and have a dis­play,’’ she said.

‘‘We try to have a good qual­ity stores — we don’t have trash and trea­sure from the house that peo­ple are just try­ing to get rid of . . . it’s all qual­ity goods. The plant stores are al­ways re­ally pop­u­lar with peo­ple, as well as shoes, hand­bags, and hard­ware, as well as sec­ond-hand books, toys, and fresh pro­duce like honey, jam, fruit and ve­g­ies.’’

The or­gan­is­ers also make sure the event is ac­ces­si­ble for every­one, with en­try cost­ing $2 for adults and free for chil­dren un­der 15 years.

Ms Allen this money would find its way back into the com­mu­nity.

‘‘We do an­nual school awards and schol­ar­ships at all the lo­cal schools, we give do­na­tions to the lo­cal health ser­vices, and we’ve also given do­na­tions over the years to groups like Sey­mour Ra­dio, the Sey­mour Per­form­ers Work­shop, the Youth and Fit­ness Club, Goul­burn Op­tions, the Men’s Shed and oth­ers,’’ she said.

Any­one who is in­ter­ested in hav­ing a stall at the mar­ket can phone Brenda on 0427 234 474 or email her at

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