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Mooroopna Farmers Market to host final event on Sunday

By Tara Whitsed

After eight years the final Mooroopna Lions Club Farmers and Craft Market will be held this weekend.

Market co-ordinator Gary Thomas said the many loyal stall holders and patrons of the market would be missed.

‘‘The Mooroopna Lions Club members have worked tirelessly with at least 15 members at every market making sure that everything runs smoothly,’’ he said.

‘‘At our peak we have had 90-100 stalls, however in recent times it has dropped off due to many factors that are mostly out of our control.

‘‘The stall holders have commented that many community markets are suffering due to the public becoming complacent and unfortunately don’t realise what they had until it is lost’’

Mr Thomas said large ‘‘one-off’’ events seemed to be what patrons liked and small community markets struggled to compete with promotions expenses.

He said the club was proud to have put in excess of $150th000 back into the community during the eight years.

‘‘Other community groups and service clubs have been able to use it as a platform to promote themselves,’’ Mr Thomas said.

‘‘Some stall holders have also used the market to promote their small cottage industries and have gone on to become a business within their towns.

‘‘The likes of Paul Wickham Pharmacy and our free entertainers have supported us since our first day.’’

Mr Thomas said as a club they had enjoyed the market and it had proven to be positive for its members.

‘‘We would like to thank everyone who at some time or other has been involved in our overall success,’’ he said.

‘‘It has been a fantastic journey and we are proud that many groups, stall holders, community members and all others have enjoyed the day at Ferrari Park Mooroopna each month.’’

The final Mooroopna Farmers Market will be held tomorrow from 8.30am to 1pm in Ferrari Park, Midland Hwy, Mooroopna.