Crowds flock to Nanango Markets for first event post virus

Owner of Kate and Lil Designs, Kate Elford, with some of her range of homemade jewellery at the Nanango Markets. Picture: Laura Blackmore 212424_01

Laura Blackmore

It was hard to snag a car park as huge crowds flocked to the Nanango Markets.

Community members browsed around the well-loved event after a five-month hiatus due to coronavirus restrictions.

Market coordinator Jenny Seears said people from not just the South Burnett but all over Queensland had missed the monthly ritual held at the local showgrounds.

“We ran out of everything here in the canteen,” Mrs Seears said.

“In order to go ahead, we had a document from the health department to say there was nothing stopping us from going ahead.

“We have had a really good response.

“There were a few stallholders that were a bit frightened and didn’t come, which is understandable especially after what happened at the South Bank Markets just recently.

“The market numbers have dropped back, like a lot of markets around Queensland but we had 279 stalls, which was good for the first one back,” she said.

“We get a lot of locals plus people travel from places like Bundaberg , Twead Heads, Gin Gin, Childers and Hervey Bay to attend.

Owner of Kate and Lil Designs, Kate Elford, has been showcasing her eclectic homemade jewellery at the markets for 18 months.

She said during the shut downs a lot of people missed the social side the event offered to the community.

“I’m at full time teacher at Nanango State School, so I do this more as a hobbie,” Mrs Elford said.

“Even though I don’t rely on this financially, I missed being out and talking to people at my stall.

“People look forward to it every month and it’s a huge social outing for everyone.

“It’s also great to showcase what locals are doing in the South Burnett and the products we have to offer.”

The next Nanango Markets will be held on Saturday, 5 September.