While 250 market stalls provided the key focus for the 9000-10,000 people who packed into the Millthorpe Markets on Sunday it was a clever chill out zone that won praise.
Markets co-ordinator Rachel Booth said they wanted to provide a larger area for people to sit, have food and drinks and a rest between all the bargain hunting when students at Millthorpe Public School came up with the idea to have bales of hay arranged to spell out the world 'Millthorpe.'
She said Mullion Produce had supplied 60 bales which provided handy seats for shoppers.
"They let us borrow the hay and it spelled out 'Millthorpe.' You can only see it from the air but it provided an area to chill out," she said.
Ms Booth said the strong turnout of stallholders and shoppers was on par with their busiest markets.
She said they had a long waiting list of market stallholders and had to work to be aware of crowd numbers at the school ground and Redmond Oval venues to avoid overcrowding.
Ms Booth said this year they had tried to have more stalls catering for men and provide activities for children including a giant slide and jumping castle to improve the appeal of the markets to everyone.
This year's big crowds were encouraged by the sunny, warm weather on the day.
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