by Julian Lehnert
A Wondai local has breathed new life into her town’s market day events, organising and hosting the inaugural Wondai Twilight Markets at the Wondai Showgrounds on Saturday 20 November.
Local artisans, crafters, food trucks and market enthusiasts flocked to the town’s showgrounds for the evening event, which featured a dense line-up of stalls and live music under the bright moonlight.
Bree Retschlag, who has managed and represented her own business Breeze City Candles at various market days throughout the region for the past five years, said that the decision to host a market day came from her noticing a gap in Wondai’s market schedule – one that she soon endeavoured to fill.
As a member of the Wondai Show Society, Ms Retschlag saw regular market events as a prime opportunity to gather support for the town’s annual country show.
“A lot of the Show Society members are getting on in age and are unable to organise big events anymore,” Ms Retschlag said.
“My husband and I are among the younger members, and being a stallholder I realised there was no twilight markets in the area. So I just saw the opportunity and went for it,” she added.
The owner and operator of Breeze Country Candles manned her own stall at the inaugural Wondai Twilight Markets, with plans to host a total of four markets throughout the year going forward.
“This is the first twilight markets for the Wondai Show Society,” Ms Retschlag explained.
“We’ll be holding four markets per year – two of them during the warmer months will be twilit, one will be in conjunction with the Wondai Show, and the last one will be during the day when it’s too cold to be out at night,” she said.
“The roll-up of stallholders and the amount of community support we’ve received tonight has blown me away,” she added.
“It all ends up being extra money for the Show Society to put a better Show on for the community and work on infrastructure projects.
“Stay tuned and keep an eye out for the next date!”