2 August 2023

Bloomfield buzzing in anticipation of inaugural community bazaar

| Sarah Martin
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Volunteers Alec and Grace, helping prepare the Bloomfield Hall for the inaugural Cultural Bazaar this Saturday.

Volunteers Alec and Grace, helping prepare the Bloomfield Hall for the inaugural Cultural Bazaar this Saturday.

BLOOMFIELD will be buzzing this Saturday (5 August) with all the fun of the fair at the inaugural Bloomfield Cultural Bazaar.

Organisers said the event was the first in what was hoped to become an annual fixture on the region’s social calendar, a combination of community celebration, markets and agricultural show.

“We used to have the Bloomfield Agricultural Show, and decided we wanted to have a cultural bazaar with an ag show component and if it takes off we will do more next year,” Bloomfield River District Residents Association secretary Robyn Guedes said.

“I’ve got my marmalade and my chutney ready and we’ve got local bands playing and quite a few market stalls coming.

“It’s free entry, and we’re still open for more market stalls and ag show entries can be brought on the day – we have categories for cakes, jams, chutneys and preserves, fruit, eggs and more.”

Ms Guedes, a Bloomfield local for more than 40 years, said there had been a positive community response to the event, which was a chance to bring the community together after not having an agricultural show in recent years.

“We have quite a diverse population in the Bloomfield Valley and this is an opportunity for everyone to come together, and event that we can all enjoy, and we’ve had a lot of enthusiasm from all parts of the community,” she said.

“It will be really good to get everybody together and we get the feeling there will be quite a few people turning up.

“We’ve had a lot of responses from Bloomfield and Cooktown businesses for our raffle as well with 14 different prizes to raffle off on the day.”

The Bloomfield Cultural Bazaar is this Saturday 5 August from 2pm to 7pm at the Bloomfield Hall, and will include food, market stalls, raffles, a licensed bar, live music, an art exhibition, children’s activities and the agricultural show competitions.

Agricultural show entries and exhibits can be entered and market stalls set up from 9am to 12pm, with children’s entertainment and bar opening at 2pm and live music from 3pm to 7pm.

For more information or to discuss agricultural show entries, phone Ms Guedes on 0427 748 211.

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