ATC markets need more support
ORGANISERS of the Apple Tree Creek monthly markets are calling for more public support, after a string of unsuccessful market days has caused some stallholders to pull out.
Market organiser Sheila Brown said a combination of bad weather and poor attendance was to blame, but it wasn't just Apple Tree Creek feeling the pinch.
"It's the same with Howard and a couple of other markets in the region," she said.
"A lot of people are saying it's just the economic climate - there's no money around."
She said the lack of support from buyers was not worth it for some stallholders to continue to sell at the market.
"They love these markets because it's a good country atmosphere," she said.
"But it costs them money to come and they haven't even been making the site fees lately."
Mrs Brown said the poor turnout lately had forced some stallholders to pull their sites, in particular one fruit and vegetable seller.
"The last two months he hasn't made the money and he's decided to pull out," she said.
"You can drag a horse to the water, but you can't make it drink - you can drag people to the market, but you can't make them buy."
Mrs Brown said the jumping castle that came to the market every month had not been getting children playing on it.
"Last month we handed out free tickets to the kids for the jumping castle, but they weren't even used," she said.
But the market organiser is hopeful things will begin to pick up, especially at the next market day before Christmas in a fortnight.
"The only thing we can do (is) keep plugging away," Mrs Brown said.
"We've put a lot more signage up and we're doing as much advertising as we can."
The market day on Saturday, December 10, will be held from 7am-noon.