Market success

KERANG Community Market thrived during Friday's grand final eve public holiday, despite having to start winding down a little early as the wind increased its intensity.

The market normally operates on the fourth Saturday each month.

Market secretary Carol Caldwell said the market continues to evolve.

She said when the new committee took over in July, the average number of stalls was around 15, but that number doubled this month with 32 stalls.

"Every time we've had a market, it's increased in size," Ms Caldwell said.

"Friday went off really well, until the wind."

It started to pick up around 12.30pm, worsening over the next 30 minutes.

"There were gazebos flying," Ms Caldwell said.

She said she was happy for stallholders to pack up early, rather than putting anyone at risk or suffering damage to their goods.

"We got quite a lot of people attending early in the day," Ms Caldwell said.

"It was something different for Kerang and it worked."

Market organisers also encourage a community organisation to attend the market each month.

On Friday, the Kerang SES Unit set up a stall.

Kerang SES controller, Glyndia (Joyce) Gee, explained the value of the organisation taking part in the market.

"We're down here doing public relations for SES, showing what we've got in the truck, for people to get a feel of what we've got here and see our big flood assistance boat," Ms Gee said.

SES volunteers provided important community safety information throughout the day, while also raising much-needed funds for the organisation.

The next Kerang Community Market takes place on Saturday, October 26 and new stall holders are encouraged.