Crowds flock to Millthorpe Markets despite weekend downpours

STILL POPULAR: Ominous clouds and damp conditions failed to repel the fans of the Millthorpe Markets. The next market is scheduled for Sunday, April 8 next year. Photo MARK LOGAN
STILL POPULAR: Ominous clouds and damp conditions failed to repel the fans of the Millthorpe Markets. The next market is scheduled for Sunday, April 8 next year. Photo MARK LOGAN

Redmond Oval may well have been out of bounds, but the soaking received on Saturday failed to wash out the rest of the Millthorpe Markets on Sunday.

After it became obvious the oval wouldn’t be available, organisers implemented a contingency that incorporated utilising the car park adjacent to the oval, Boomerang Street, and the grounds of Millthorpe Public School.

Markets coordinator Rachel Booth said many stallholders were surprised to hear the markets were going ahead after Saturday’s torrential rain.

“We had the wet weather plan already in the pipeline, so for us it was an easy decision to make,” she said.

FLOODING IN: Shoppers heading into inspect the goods at Sunday's Millthorpe Markets. Photo: MARK LOGAN

FLOODING IN: Shoppers heading into inspect the goods at Sunday's Millthorpe Markets. Photo: MARK LOGAN

Once more the market’s reputation attracted customers from afar afield as Parkes, Warren and Sydney, though the rain had a slight impact on the attendance figures.

“For the conditions we had the numbers were down a bit on the normal Christmas market,” Mrs Booth said.

“But everyone that we spoke to were very happy and at the end of the day there was a really good vibe.”