THERE were lots of lessons to be learnt at yesterday’s highly successful Orange East village markets, designed as a fundraiser for Orange East Public School.
Around 5000 people flocked to the school grounds and enjoyed the variety of free entertainment on offer, including performances from local performers and musicians.
With 120 stalls packed into the area, there was plenty for people to buy, but more importantly it was the inclusive, fun atmosphere that proved a hit with families.
While the warm weather undoubtedly helped boost numbers, the success of the event proved a sharp reminder that there are plenty of people willing to support community events, as long as they’re done right.
Millthorpe markets, designed as a fundraiser for the village’s school, continues to go from strength to strength attracting thousands of people twice yearly.
Like yesterday’s Orange East village markets, the organisers of Millthorpe markets have just the right mix of entertainment, food outlets, as well as general retail stalls, to make it an ongoing success.
Orange East Public School P & C was hopeful that they’d raise at least $10,000 at yesterday’s event with the money to go towards the construction of a new kitchen where its students can cook the produce they grow in the school’s plots.
Yesterday success also proved a great reminder that community events don’t always have to be held in the central business district, and maybe in the future event organisers should think outside the square and look at staging more events in east Orange, Bowen or Glenroi.