To market to market for The Channon

Gearing up for The Channon Craft Markets 30th anniversary this Sunday are (l-r) market committee member Kate Pirie, market manager Robyn Kelly, long-time stallholder Chris Sherwood and Jacky Lacker from Tuntable Creek Public School, the markets charity of the day this month.

When The Channon Craft Market was first held in the town hall three decades ago, it was designed as an event where locals could trade and barter goods.

The committee never expected their concept of Make It, Bake It, Grow It would be such a hit and before long the market moved to its current location at Coronation Park to cater for the growing stream of visitors.

Thirty years on market is home to more than 250 stallholders, who gather every second Sunday of the month to sell art and crafts, second hand wares, fresh produce and therapeutic goods and services. This is complemented by a diverse collection of food stalls plus live entertainment, circus performers and buskers. Local charities also benefit, with a different group given the opportunity to fundraise at the market each month.

The Channon Craft Market is the kind of place you take an overseas visitor to get that authentic North Coast experience theres colour and life, hippies, kids, families, all sorts. Its like a microcosm of the Rainbow Region itself, said market manager, Robyn Kelly. The market reflects the values that many people in the Northern Rivers believe in its tolerant, inclusive and a place where people can share and laugh with one another. The reason weve survived for so long is because of the communitys belief in the market, Lismore City Councils support and the thousands of hours people have freely given. Weve worked really hard to create a little piece of magic.

The Channon Craft Markets 30th anniversary will be celebrated this Sunday, October 8, with festivities including old-fashioned games on the oval at 12.30pm, an official ceremony at 1.30pm and a few other surprises.

The market runs from 8am-3.30pm. Entry is free, with a $2 charge for parking. No pets are allowed.

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