Ber­ri­gan Mar­ket Night

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De­cem­ber has ar­rived which means the first chance to of­fi­cially cel­e­brate the Christ­mas sea­son is this Fri­day night, at the Ber­ri­gan Night Mar­kets.

Chanter St will be closed to traf­fic be­tween 5.30pm and 11pm for the event, turn­ing the main street into a fes­tive mall.

To pro­mote that Christ­mas feel­ing, car­ols will be held as the sun starts to set.

About 25 mar­ket stalls are con­firmed for the evening as a per­fect way to find a few gift ideas for Christ­mas.

A new singing com­pe­ti­tion will be held at the mar­kets this year — Ber­ri­gan’s own ver­sion of ‘The Voice’ — plus a pie eat­ing com­pe­ti­tion as well.

The Night Mar­kets kicks off at 6pm and car­ols start at 8pm.

The Ber­ri­gan Night Mar­kets also serves as one of the big­gest fundrais­ers for the Ber­ri­gan Red Cross branch.

The Fashion Ex­trav­a­ganza is a great op­por­tu­nity to stock up on some mod­ern items and this year marks the 10th year the Ber­ri­gan Red Cross has hosted the event.

The Fashion Ex­trav­a­ganza runs from 5pm to 9pm on Fri­day, and again from 9am to 1pm Satur­day at the Mo­ma­long Pub on Chanter St.

En­try is a gold coin do­na­tion and a raf­fle will also be run.

Ber­ri­gan Red Cross pres­i­dent Mar­ion Dick­ins said the ex­trav­a­ganza is al­ways an ex­cit­ing night for the lo­cal branch.

‘‘It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to snag a nice fashion item at heav­ily re­duced prices,’’ she said.

‘‘We re­ally en­joy the the fact peo­ple travel many miles to sup­port the Fashion Ex­trav­a­ganza.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately there won’t be any men’s wear this year.

‘‘As this is our 10th year, we’re host­ing a spe­cial branch morn­ing tea to cel­e­brate.’’

Last year the ex­trav­a­ganza sold close 800 fashion items and raised al­most $10,000.

From the money raised, $6400 was do­nated to the Aus­tralian Red Cross Myan­mar ap­peal and $2300 to the Ber­ri­gan Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary.

Mrs Dick­ins said this year the money will be do­nated to drought as­sis­tance.

‘‘We want to raise $8000 to bring our 10 year to­tal to $100,000, which is an out­stand­ing ef­fort.’’

Ber­ri­gan Red Cross mem­bers Christine My­ers, Lyn­dall Horne and Mar­ion Dick­ins with some of the items that will be on sale this Fri­day night.

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