Organisers to spice up the markets

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
Allan Lowe, Sue Lowe and Gloria Stanley-Smith.
Camera IconAllan Lowe, Sue Lowe and Gloria Stanley-Smith. Credit: Tamra Carr

Geraldton Lions Club treasurer Gloria Stanley-Smith said Sunday market organisers will try to make the long-running event more family-friendly, in an attempt to counter flatlining attendance.

Ms Stanley-Smith said numbers and stallholder interest have picked up slightly, but the event still needed more visitation to survive.

Jurien Bay Lions Market co-ordinators visited Geraldton last week and advised their local counterparts to offer cheaper food and children’s entertainment.

Allan and Sue Lowe said to compete in Geraldton, the club must reduce food prices and appeal to children.

“You need to think of things that will interest kids,” Mrs Lowe said.

“A clown walking around, bubbles blowing, music playing ... just things that will attract families.”

The Lowes help run markets in Jurien Bay, which are held only on public holidays and reportedly attract thousands, including between 40 and 70 stallholders.

Ms Stanley-Smith said changes were being considered for the long-running Geraldton markets, held on the second Sunday of every month at the Bill Sewell Complex.

“We would like to get more buskers and we’re thinking of starting a battle of the buskers,” she said.

“I’ve had thoughts of going to the schools and getting their bands and choirs to do a demo or a competition.

“We just need something that’s going to generate an interest so people will come for that as well as the bargains.”

Ms Stanley-Smith said the 7am start for the markets was unlikely to change.

She said many people visit the markets after church, negating the need for time changes.

The Geraldton Lions Club Markets are held on the second Sunday of every month, from 7am - 12pm, at the Bill Sewell Complex.

The next market will be held on September 9.

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