Find treasures at Yass Baby and Kids Market this March

BRIGHT AND COLOURFUL: A number of junior entertainers all dressed up ready to show their talent in 2017. Photo: Alix Douglas
BRIGHT AND COLOURFUL: A number of junior entertainers all dressed up ready to show their talent in 2017. Photo: Alix Douglas

Saturday, March 24 will be a day all about the little ones as the annual Yass Baby and Kids Market will be on again.

The event, which began in 2016, will be held at Banjo Paterson Park from 9.30am–2pm and is set to be bigger than before.

There will be pre-loved children’s clothes, toys, books, baby accessories and furniture on offer at bargain prices with all proceeds going towards Yass Early Childhood Centre Association (YECCA), a non-for-profit community preschool that has been proudly providing Yass Valley families with quality care since the 1950s.

There should be 25–30 stallholders, including YECCA families, residents and Canberrans.

A curious attendee. Photo: Alix Douglas

A curious attendee. Photo: Alix Douglas

The 2018 market will have the support of Yass Valley Council for the first time, which provided a community grant. Another first time will be having the family-based Le Petit Circus perform on the day.

“That’s one of the major differences this year compared with the first two years,” YECCA president Julia Nicholls said.

“They’re national performers, having performed at events like Floriade and Adelaide Fringe."

Ms Nicholls said that the grant from the council was also used to increase its reach outside of Yass.

“The market ran pretty well itself in the past, but the grant was used to attract more entertainment and to promote it outside of Yass a bit more.

“We managed to put some of that money into getting some more professional flyers and posters made up that we've been able to distribute in Canberra and our surrounding region,” she said.

As well as items for sale, there will be plenty of other activities, including a jumping castle, face painting and a lineup of entertainment for the whole family.

Entertainers on the day will be tennis coach Scott Eulenstein, Dazzle Dance Academy, Yass Gymnastics, Street Beat, GKR Karate, Daniel Clark and Jess Keating.

The large crowd at the 2017 event. Photo: Alix Douglas

The large crowd at the 2017 event. Photo: Alix Douglas

Food and drinks will include waffles, cakes, coffee, a sausage sizzle and more. As well, the YECCA Easter raffle tickets will be on sale.

Prizes include vouchers to local businesses in town, as well as outside of town, such as The Sir George in Jugiong.

Ms Nicholls thanked everyone who has helped.

“Thanks to all the parents from YECCA who have volunteered their time and provided donations.

“Thanks also go to council because we couldn’t have afforded Le Petit Circus or entertainment without that grant,” she said.

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