Market at Maclean on 2014 agenda after proven a success
THE Maclean Macmarkets proved so successful on the weekend, plans are already afoot to bring the event back in 2014 - and beyond.
Organisers estimate more than 5000 people attended, filling River St to capacity and thrilling local business owners and stallholders.
Geoff Worrill, owner of the Strand Arcade in Mac- lean, said many local businesses experienced a massive increase in sales.
"Most of those sales occurred before 10am. Some businesses said the Maclean Macmarkets gave them the best Saturday sales they had ever had," Mr Worrill said. "Everyone was so positive about the event and the promotions committee at the Maclean Chamber of Commerce are planning to bring it back next year.
"All the businesses want it to be an annual event."
Organiser John Riggall said he was rapt in the enthusiasm the entire community of Maclean demonstrated towards the event.
He said he was proud of the local papers and radio stations and thankful for their assistance in promoting the inaugural event.
"It was a fantastic day. It was a total community effort and I am so proud of everyone who got involved with it and helped to make it possible," he said.
"All the local business owners I spoke to said it was a great event and they all want it to come back."
Mr Riggall said the event was so successful, some stallholders sold all their goods before 9.30am and others had already asked about booking to be involved again in 2014.
"Maclean will host this event again," he declared.