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Retailers sold on festival ideas

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August 02, 2017

Corowa Business Chamber Secretary Kay Fredericks, Corowa Events Chairman Stuart Whisson, Kay Bratt and Mary Hetherington during the meeting to discuss how this year’s Christmas Street Festival will be run.

This year’s Christmas Street Festival in Corowa’s main street will be run over a shorter timeframe and the Christmas tree will be relocated.

More than 30 people attended last week’s retailers meeting to discuss options for this year’s festival, some of which are still to be decided on at a follow-up meeting later this month.

Corowa Events, a sub-committee of Corowa Business Chamber, staged the meeting in response to some retailers concerned about business access and traffic interruption after last year’s inaugural event.

Corowa Events Chairman Stuart Whisson said the meeting was a good start, with retailers deciding the festival would not run for an entire month.

Mr Whisson said the tree would also be moved off the road and in front of Garden Roses Cafe, a move retailers were all happy with.

“The meeting was very positive and we have made some great progress,” he said.

“We will once again look at businesses having their merchandise on the street and getting food businesses involved with providing food throughout the festival.”

Those at the meeting all agreed that a major drawcard, such as a television or sporting personality, was needed.

Food options were also discussed and a vote was taken in support of Corowa businesses being the sole food suppliers for the festival.

Other ideas floated included inviting buskers and having a drawcard at either end of the street to encourage people to venture up and down.

Another suggestion was for more entertainment for young children such as jumping castles.

A follow-up meeting for retailers has been organised for August 30 from 5.30pm at the Corowa Hotel.

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