Stallholders save fair

The cancellation of the Fryerstown Antique Fair has prompted stallholders into action to save their beloved fair by creating a new event to be held in Campbells Creek.

Dubbed 'the new Fryerstown', the new fair offers the same great range of antique and collectable items and it will still be held on the Australia Day weekend, just at a new venue. It will be at the Campbells Creek Recreational Reserve from January 25-28, 2018.

Stallholder manager Kim Rowlatt said the fair was a great opportunity for the many regular stallholders to catch up, and she and her business partner Craig Morrow wanted to make sure it continued.

"We really are a big community, people come from Queensland, New South Wales and all over Australia to come to the fair and we just couldn't believe that it was going. We wanted to make sure the institution continued and wasn't lost, "Ms Rowlatt said.

Ms Rowlatt said all of the stallholders collect items to sell at the fair for the whole 12 months between fairs.

"Some people had said to me, what are we going to do with the items we have purchased?" Ms Rowlatt said.

"The fair is exceptionally important to all of us, so we are prepared to put in the time to make it happen."

Ms Rowlatt said some people had cancelled accommodation to attend the fair but were now re-booking.

"It's a great event for generating revenue and what's great is the revenue goes back into the local community. The event is a joint venture with the Campbells Creek Recreation Reserve committee of management and funds raised will also go back into facilities at the venue to benefit users," Ms Rowlatt said.

"The venue has a lot to offer and is a great environment. We're really pleased that this is happening and we have a chance to still have a fair. The stallholders have some really interesting things. It's all about old wares, antiques and collectables. Craig likes old farm equipment, gates, bottles and anything old and interesting. I have a very eclectic taste. We have regular customers because they like our taste."

Ms Rowlatt said the event so far would have more than 60 stallholders. To book a stall contact Kim on 0407 822 280 or Craig on 0412 508 170.

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