THE Rotary Club of Foster and the Toora Lions Club are looking forward to the return of the Promontory Produce and Craft Market that will take place in a COVID-safe way at the Foster Showgrounds in Station Road on Sunday January 24, 2021.
It will be the first time the market has been held since the Labour Day long weekend in March of this year.
The January market will be conducted on COVID-safe lines, including counters and sign-in books at each entrance, sanitiser stations at the gate and throughout the market, social distancing, and face masks inside or at unavoidable close quarters.
Market organising committee treasurer Lyn Linton said a detailed plan had been devised “so we can run the market safely.
“As always, the health and safety of our traders, workers and customers is our top priority,” she said.
“We have just emailed or snail-mailed every one of our 130-odd permanent stallholders to let them know the January 24 market is going ahead and what our COVID-safe measures are.”
The Easter 2020 market as well as the first three events of the 2020-2021 market season, one scheduled for the Melbourne Cup long weekend in November and two in December, were cancelled because of COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions.
“Because things were so uncertain with crowds and how to manage them due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided it was best to cancel the November and December markets just to be sure,” Lyn said.
“Now we’re looking forward to a good market on a good day and to make some good money, because after all that’s the aim of the whole exercise, to support Rotary and Lions Club projects and to give back to the local community,” she said.
“The Promontory Produce and Craft Markets have been going for more than 40 years and we’re proud to say they’ve returned well over $1 million to the community during that time.”
The Rotary Club of Foster’s current project is building a rotunda near the playground at the south-eastern end of the Foster Showgrounds. Other organisations who have benefitted over the years include Centenary House, Traralgon, Foster Swimming Pool, Foster Primary School, FAMDA, Relay for Life, Mount Nicoll Hoddle walk, Foster ambulance and local schools.
Toora Lions Club president Steve Waixel said the Lions’ share of the market profits goes towards all sorts of club projects, including more automated external defibrillators around Toora, and supporting Lions International’s Diabetes Program.
“We also work with the principals and staff of the Corner Inlet district’s primary schools, at Toora, Welshpool, Foster and Fish Creek, and arrange for students to visit the Lions Club Wilderness Village at Licola,” he said.
“We’re very happy the Promontory Produce and Craft Markets are starting up again, too.”
Other aspects of the market’s COVID-safe plan are encouraging people to travel through the market in an anti-clockwise direction, cashless payments, no seating or food-sampling, and no entertainment or extra activities.
An old rule still applies as well – no dogs allowed.
The January 24, 2021 Promontory Produce and Craft Market begins at 8.30 am and continues until 1 pm.Stallholder enquiries should be directed to stall secretary Alan Macqueen on 0439 033 960 or write to Promontory Produce and Craft Market, PO Box 180 Foster Victoria 3960.