Yangan Eat Street to bring fun, flavours to community
YANGAN Hotel Motel owner Kylie Friend hopes bringing an Eat Street style market to town will help her community forget its struggles for a short while.
Mrs Friend said the persistent drought had taken a heavy toll on many residents.
"It is the main topic of conversation all the time, 'When is it going to rain?'” she said.
"And no one has an answer for them.”
Mrs Friend said hearing people talk about their struggles through the dry had an impact on her.
"It makes me worried for them, I hate seeing people go through hardship,” she said.
The struggle of her customers was what inspired Mrs Friend to organise the Yangan Eat Street Markets event.
It will feature market and food stalls as well as entertainment for children, including a jumping castle and face painting.
Mrs Friend hopes the day will give the surrounding community a chance to unite.
"In these dry times it is appropriate to have an event like this to bring the community together,” she said.
Fellow organiser Brett Stewart has been asking businesses to provide whatever help they can.
"Our biggest focus is for people to have a day out with their kids, which is affordable,” he said.
"A lot of businesses don't have the money at the moment which we understand, it's not just about the money.”
Entry to the event will be a gold coin donation, in order to make it an affordable day for all residents.
Businesses who have reached out to support the event include Zooma Signs who will make signs for the event and PR Media who created the fliers.
"It is amazing what a drought can do in terms of bringing people together,” Mr Stewart said.
"Yangan is a very strong and friendly community, we're hoping this event will bring in people from far and wide.”
Mrs Friend said she was excited for the event to come together after all the hard work that had gone into it.
The market will be held on October 19 from 11am-8pm.
To offer sponsorship, phone Mrs Friend on 46648190.