Berrigan Night Market success
A hugely successful Night Market in Berrigan attracted scores of people to Chanter St on Friday night.
Open to the community, local food and produce stores spilled out onto the street with some businesses open for late trade to cater for a happy crowd made up of all ages.
The Berrigan District Development Association initiative featured none other than a visit from Santa himself.
Known for his arrivals on a fire truck, a light-hearted trick was played on the community’s youngsters to keep them in suspense.
‘‘We got a fire truck to drive in from the Finley side of the street and a swarm of kids ran up thinking it was Santa,’’ Night Market co-organiser Rachael Arnold said.
‘‘We then had policeman Adam White drive Santa into the site from the other end of town.
‘‘The kids went crazy with excitement and he was mobbed within minutes.’’
Chanter St was blocked off and the alcohol free zone lifted temporarily to allow for an intimate Christmas celebration for all.
The Red Cross Fashion Extravaganza event attracted fashion lovers from across the district and band Mulberry Street kept people on their feet, playing acoustic live music.
This vibe was boosted thanks to James Waugh who was the master of ceremonies, ensuring things like the spinning wheel competition ran smoothly.
Ms Arnold said based on estimates only, there seemed to be more people enjoying the celebration this year.
‘‘We’ve had positive feedback and the stall holders had a good night of trade — we had more stalls than we’ve ever had in five years.
‘‘The older kids had a water fight and we hope to build this event biggest and better next year. We thank volunteers like James Waugh and everyone else who helped as without them, the event wouldn’t happen.’’
If you would like to help out for next year’s event or provide feedback, email Ms Arnold at [email protected]mac.com.au.
Night Market host James Waugh chats with youngster Jack Phillips. RIGHT: Sophia-Ruby Morgan had her face painted.
Terrie Clark, Dot McIvor, Evelyn Reynoldson, Del Schweicker, Stella Lee, Val Daly (standing) and Di Hardwidge.