NHILL'S Community Market is back in 2021 after a year lost to COVID-19 restrictions.
Lions Club organisers have announced the new COVID safe iteration of the market will happen on Sunday, March 21, with further dates for May 16, September 19, and November 21.
Nhill Lions Club secretary Leslie Gordon said the club was proud to run the event this year, despite some changes to the schedule due to COVID restrictions.
"There's going to be the standard, stalls, coffee, donuts, although I don't think that we will be able to have a jumping castle like other years," she said.
"Of course there will be the barbeque, the Lions Club of Nhill are pretty well famous for our barbeques. We won a Wimmera community award in previous years because we are the best at barbeques in the area.
"We have a great team committed to making sure the barbeque is done properly."
This year's community market will also feature live music from Sing Australia and face painting for children. Ms Gordon said it was good to have these types of festivities back, which could not be done during the coronavirus pandemic's peak.
"It's something that we haven't had in a long time. Face painting - kids haven't had that for two years now," she said.
Ms Gordon said organisers had cut the fees for having a stall at the market to support stallholders who faced a loss of income last year.
"People need to come and see the huge variety of stalls, food, and drink, things for the kids," she said.
"They can support the market traders who have had a pretty tough time throughout the COVID period. The traders will welcome them with open arms."
Ms Gordon said connecting to the community last year was difficult for the Nhill Lions Club, as the group had to cancel all face-to-face meetings.
"We couldn't meet. Could have business meetings. In the background, the admin needed to carry on. The executive of Lions met via phone and contact each other," she said.
"We weren't inactive, but we weren't in the public eye. There was background work to be done."
Ms Gordon said the Lions Club worked best when members could speak to the community in person, as informal conversations were the best way to see the wider community's needs.
"The people in our club don't just work as a good team together, they actually like each other and have become a close-knit group. They don't exclude anybody," she said.
"With face-to-face interactions, the Lions club can meet with people, find out more about the community and go further afield."
"Lions means service and it means giving your time and your talents to make your town a better place.
"One of our motto's is 'We serve'. We don't just serve sausages."
The Nhill Community Market will be held at Jaypex Park on March 21. Stallholders are told to get in touch with the Lions Club if they wish to hold a stall at the event.
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