READY TO GO: Students at Dalby State School cannot wait for the annual Creekside Market.
READY TO GO: Students at Dalby State School cannot wait for the annual Creekside Market. Michael Doyle

Fete feel comes to Creekside Market

ORGANISERS of this year's Creekside Market have promised a bigger event than in previous years.

The annual fundraiser for Dalby State School is on Saturday, with an increase in stallholders and entertainment emphasising the family-friendly vibe its organisers are hoping for.

The market is the start of a jam-packed day in Dalby and Creekside Market committee member Jilly Tyler said the school was hoping for a large crowd.

"We have a really big family focus and (the market) has a fete feel this year,” Mrs Tyler said.

"We have more activities for the kids. We also have our sample bags and have something so the kids can get behind their school community.”

This year's market will boast live entertainment throughout the event, as well as a larger area for patrons to roam.

Mrs Tyler said she believed the event's popularity was growing and Saturday's attendees would have a different experience to markets of previous years.

"We have a lot of new stallholders and plenty of new interest from the wider community,” she said.

"We have a lot of returning market stallholders, which is great.

"There will be plenty of space for people to have morning tea or lunch and enjoy the entertainment we will be providing.”

Dalby State School principal Mona Anau said the market was about connecting the school with the Dalby community.

Ms Anau said funds raised would go towards improving the school's facilities and grounds.

The new administration block was an ongoing project that Ms Anau highlighted, but she said the maintenance of the school oval and a new amphitheatre were also on the agenda.

"Also, (the market) is an avenue where our school opens up to the community, and I think it is important for the community to come to our school and use our oval,” Ms Anau said.

Some of the market's main attractions this year include a petting zoo, jumping castle, student art displays, Devonshire morning tea and a barbecue lunch.

Baked goods and a raffle will also be available.

The Show and Shine vehicle display so popular last year has also returned.

This year's Creekside Market will begin at 8am on Saturday and finish at 2pm.

The neighbouring Catholic Church will run paid carparks, with the funds going to drought relief.


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