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Cobram Beach Markets are back

Cobram's summer market series aims to again draw crowds this January.

RIAHN SMITH December 27, 2013 4:00am

Crowds flocked to Thompson Beach for the first night markets series

The Murray River beachfront will come alive with music, lights and regional produce this summer as part of the second annual Cobram Beach Markets.

Markets organiser Paul Gemmill said the markets, to be held at Thompsons Beach each Friday night in January, would showcase food, wine and artisan offerings, as well as live performances and children’s activities.

Mr Gemmill said he hoped to build on this year’s achievement.

‘‘It was really successful, we had 45 stall holders ... We averaged about 3000 people each night, this year we’re expecting about 5000.

‘‘I think word’s out. We got a lot of people from the surrounding districts, like Shepparton, Yarra and all the smaller towns coming to the last market series.’’

Mr Gemmill said the aim of the market was to provide residents with a fun community event, close to home, and capitalise on the tourist season.

‘‘You can just walk yourself down with your family, grab something to eat off a vendor, sit on a blanket and listen to some music and watch the stars,’’ he said.

‘‘Being a twilight market and really family-oriented it’s also an attractive option for the thousands of people camping in the area. It gives them something else to do.

‘‘This site used to be used for the Peaches and Cream music festival but that’s no longer going. Being a tourist town, it’s good to hang your hat on something during the season.’’

Mr Gemmill said the markets were a not-for-profit venture to support the community.

‘‘It’s really just to get some colour and movement in the area. All the site fees go towards the event to make it grow,’’ he said.

‘‘The offshoot of that is of course tourism, but also local community groups and sporting clubs can come and make some profit for themselves.

‘‘The footy club last year did snow cones and it was about 42°C that day so they were making good money.’’

For more information, or to book a stall, phone The Beach Cafe on 58712929.

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