Beaufort Progress Association launches the Pyrenees Weekend Markets coming late October.
The first will be on Saturday, October 28 from 9am, with the following market a month later on Sunday, November 28 at the new Avoca Riverside Market.
The plan to unite the two markets has sprung from the community's desire to support local and give small retail businesses and accommodation in the region an opportunity to expand their tourism offerings. Ongoing the markets will both operate on the 4th weekend of each month, Beaufort on Saturday and Avoca on Sunday.
The Beaufort Progress Association Inc, have spent considerable time researching the new COVID-19 Safe processes to operate both markets.
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All vendor bookings for the market are processed through state of the art software which ensures that all the insurances and new COVID-19 related documents are streamlined.
"Post COVID-19 struggles have enticed more and more Pyrenees residents to support the local markets in the role of volunteers," BPA President Sarah Beaumont said.
The committee is working with retail businesses in Beaufort and Avoca to create market day specials.
The Avoca Riverside market will be supported by an Avoca based sub-committee of the BPA led by Gary Daly.
Over 40 vendors have registered for the first market of the 2021 season,
"It is important to get the right mix of vendors for a successful market," market organiser Kelly Wallace said.
"It was also very important for us also to ensure there are great fund-raising opportunities for our local community groups."
The Pyrenees Farm Gate Trail will occupy a booth at each market for the entire season. Farm Gate members can apply for the market date they choose and will be slotted into their roster system.
For information on the markets - firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Kelly on 0493 053 673
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