Street closed for giant street fair

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

THE an­nual Mel­bourne Cup Car­ni­val will turn Hare St into a shop­ping mall as it is closed at both ends to al­low shops to take their busi­ness to the street. But wait, there’s more. With the shop­ping strip closed to traf­fic it will be trans­formed into a giant street fair with bar­gain stalls, pop-up food stalls and chil­dren’s entertainment in­clud­ing jump­ing cas­tle, pet­ting zoo, camel rides and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

Echuca-Moama Busi­ness Traders As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Daniel Mack­rell said it was “great to see the sup­port from lo­cal traders”.

“We think this year will be a real at­trac­tion for ev­ery­body – one of the new things we have in­cluded is hav­ing work­ing artists in a shop in town,” Mr Mack­rell said.

“This year it would be great to have some Moama busi­nesses come over and be part of the event.

“It’s also fan­tas­tic to see the Echuca Race Club get­ting be­hind the event as it leads into their meet­ing the next day.

“ERC chief ex­ec­u­tive Leigh New­ton has been very sup­port­ive.”

Mr Mack­rell en­cour­aged as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to join in the oc­ca­sion.

“The more the mer­rier in the street would be great, we are still look­ing for other stall hold­ers and you do not have to have bricks and mor­tar busi­nesses to par­tic­i­pate, just great prod­ucts and its re­ally good to help pro­mote what is on of­fer in the re­gion,” he said.

“With such a great com­mit­tee work­ing be­hind the scenes it is won­der­ful to see.

‘‘I’m ex­cited in the new di­rec­tion that EMBTA is head­ing.’’

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