SCONE Public School P&C’s much loved annual event has bloomed in recent years.
With a record number of stalls set for Saturday July 28, the Bloom Markets will be another fabulous showcase of the Upper Hunter and school community spirit.
Scone Public School P&C secretary Courtney Wicks says a restructure in layout has allowed the committee to fit an extra 12 stalls this year for the popular event.
“We have a large range of stallholders coming this year that we haven’t had before,” she said.
“The word of mouth has spread through the stallholder’s community and they know that this is a good place where they can profit.”
So far, there are 52 stallholders locked in from the wider Hunter Valley region and the Central Coast offering everything from homemade gifts to sweet treats.
“We also have six school stalls, which include a book stall, the ever popular tombola stall which the kids love; it sells out in two hours,” Ms Wicks added.
“We’ve got the Devonshire tea stall selling pumpkin soup and scones and tea, a cake stall, nachos, a barbecue, popcorn and fairy floss.
“They are all run by P&C volunteers and children.”
The markets are the P&C’s major annual fundraiser with money going back into school projects such as a significant contribution of $30,000 towards a playground for Years 3 to 6.
“We’re currently on the lookout for another major funding topic; we’re just waiting for feedback from the teachers and school representatives,” P&C member Louise Moir added.
To add to the thriving market atmosphere, there will be entertainment from Amy’s School of Dance, a free jumping castle thanks to a donation from Dartbrook Equine; face painting and free kids activities provided by Toy Box Upper Hunter Community Services.
The popular ‘mega raffle’ is also set to return and promises to be “blooming fantastic this year” with the main item an accommodation package in Port Stephens which includes a dolphin cruise.
Raffle tickets are $2 and will be sold outside Coles, Scone on Friday July 20 and Wednesday July 25.
“If anyone would like tickets outside of these times, they can contact our Facebook page and we will arrange to get them some,” P&C president Melanie White said.
“The markets are a great way to participate in our school’s community.
“They’re also a good way for us to model good community behaviour to the kids.
“We have great support from our community and donations from the local town and businesses.
‘We would like to thank our sponsors this year: Warburton Estate Agents, Scone Eyecare Plus, Hunter Mechanical Services, Ausure, Megan Wally Art, Amy’s School of Dance, Sarah Ashford Photography, My Munchbox, Scone Timber & Hardware, Gravity X, Marsh Carney, Scone Surf & General Co., Paint Place Scone, Ruby’s Girl, Melanie's Matthew's Family Jewellers and Scone Post Office.”
The markets will be held at the school grounds from 10am to 2pm and the raffle will be drawn at 1:45pm.
For up-to-date details, visit the Bloom Markets Facebook page.