A little over 12 months ago a small group of craft lovers, cooks and community minded people took on the challenge to revamp Port Augusta’s Gateway Market.
Nobody in the group had experience in anything similar, but the enthusiastic bunch were determined to get the 19-year-long tradition up and running again.
Keen to bring new faces into the mix, the team ran each market day with a theme and entertained shoppers with music and a variety of performances.
Mothers Day, Easter, Help the Farmers Day, Pink Day and Christmas were all extremely successful.
“We painted the carpark Pink in October and raised $1300 for Breast Cancer in Port Augusta,” Market organiser Jenny Hobbs said.
“Judith Finlay our local Breast Cancer Nurse was presented with a cheque at our Christmas market. This will become a annual event and hopefully get bigger each year.”
The Farmers Day Market raised $200 from donation tins which was distributed as four $50 Coles gift cards to drought effected families in the local area.
Proceeds from the year are still being dished out with $2000 yet to be allocated to local charities.
“Numerous local fundraising groups have also benefited from the market; Port Augusta Scouts, Anderson Dancers, The Buff Lodge, Heart Kids, Ignite Cheer Group and Lions,” Jenny said.
“This has been done by supplying of the barbecue and sitting at the gate on Market Day. Anyone interested in doing such please feel free to contact the market.”
With great success in 2018, The group are looking forward to attracting even more stallholders in the new year.
Jenny said they are always looking for something new.
“We have had a jewellery seller from Geelong, a wood burner from Queensland, lolly ladies from Adelaide and on regular basis we have traders from Gladstone, Wilmington, Whyalla and of course our local traders,” she said.
“Our normal stall holders will be supporting us and we look forward to the public again supporting what we are doing for the community.”
The first Market for 2019 will be on February 17 and the first themed market will be held on March 17 in celebration of St Patrick’s Day.