THE main street may have been closed, but the shops were certainly open for business for Saturday night’s bazaar.
With an estimated 5000-7000 attendees, all who came enjoyed a mix of entertainment and market stalls.
Entertainment included Iguana’s swimwear parade, Bollywood dancing and the PCYC’s Gymaroos dressed in clown suits.
Musically, Taree High took over the main stage with a collection of their bands and other musical acts. An acoustic band entertained those closer to Pulteney Street, while Centerpoint Arcade and Fish Fish Fish invited their own musical performers a long for the evening.
The market stalls contained a variety of quirky gifts, with anything from gourmet food to clothing and jewellery available from the locally owned stalls.
Food could be purchased from the van parked at the end of the street. The van eventually sold out of food, along with a number of other restaurants and cafes that were open that night.
Graham Brown, the man behind Tidy Up Taree, was blown away by the numbers and the community collaboration for the event.
The main feedback he has received is the bazaar was highly family friendly.
Upon walking through the bazaar Graham overheard a group of attendees remark they felt like they were on holiday. Understandable, due to the beautiful Taree night it was. A perfect temperature and clear blue skies, showed “even the gods want Taree to go forward,” said Graham.
Graham would like to give a hats off to the bazaar committee, who made everything work like clockwork.
He also expressed his thanks to those who attended and those who either worked or volunteered on the night – without this community participation, nothing could have been achieved, he said.
The next night bazaar will excitingly take place along the river bank during January’s Manning in Motion festival. To stay updated on the festival and bazaar, like Manning in Motion on Facebook here, facebook.com/manninginmotion
The Night Bazaar was a fitting finale to the City HeART project which on Friday and Saturday saw sculptures, gardens and seating installed in Victoria Street.