IT'S FINALLY HAPPENING: Members of the Maryvale Progress Association (from left) Lawrence Curnow, Colleen Cowley, Bob Cullen, Lyn Curnow, Barbara Dukeson, Bob Reade, Marj McKenzie and Laura Wozencroft are excited to see their ideas come to fruition.
IT'S FINALLY HAPPENING: Members of the Maryvale Progress Association (from left) Lawrence Curnow, Colleen Cowley, Bob Cullen, Lyn Curnow, Barbara Dukeson, Bob Reade, Marj McKenzie and Laura Wozencroft are excited to see their ideas come to fruition. Bianca Hrovat

MARKETING MARYVALE: Small town excited for new event

FRESH ideas are finally coming to fruition in Maryvale after the community's new market was stalled during Jumpers and Jazz.

The project was months in the making for the Maryvale Progress Association, which wanted to give their growing population an opportunity to meet, mingle and get to know each other.

"We want to bring the community together with more events like this,” MPA secretary Terri Cooper said.

"It's really exciting to see that people are coming on board.”

Mrs Cooper travelled across the region to speak with potential stallholders, securing visitors from Toowoomba, Ipswich and Brisbane.

"I also went into the markets at Jumpers and Jazz and had a really good reception when I went around talking to people,” she said.

"It can be hard to make money at the markets and sometimes to be able to go somewhere else on a Sunday for a few hours can make a big difference.

"We have a lot of clever people around but you have to have an outlet for what you do.”

An overwhelmingly positive response ensured the market had more than enough stalls to go ahead, packing out the hall and spilling out into the park with a car boot sale.

Everything from sweets to fresh produce and antiques will be on offer and for sellers the opportunity is limitless.

"We haven't put a cap on the number of stalls,” Mrs Cooper said.

"The stalls are only $10 if they have their own insurance.”

The markets will be held on the fourth Sunday of every month to coincide with the Maryvale Hotel's popular pig-on-the-spit night.

The MPA hopes the tactical timing will guarantee the market's exposure to out-of-towners and encourage its success.

The inaugural Maryvale Market will be held, rain or shine, from 8am-noon on Sunday, August 25, at the park opposite the Maryvale Hotel.