Members of the Friends of the Festival are urging Childers businesses and local tradespeople to apply for free stallholder registration for the 2021 event.
This year, stallholder fees will be completely waived for 4660 residents in an effort to showcase more of the region's local talent at the Childers Festival.
Friends of the Festival member Jenny Woodman said the new initiative was open to all creative locals, businesses or groups, no matter the theme.
“We have a lot of people in our region who are very creative in craft, art and more and lots of groups who have something to offer,” she said.
“This is a great opportunity for these locals to show off their skillset, their wares and their businesses.”
Friends of the Festival is a group of locals from diverse backgrounds from within the Childers area who have partnered with the Bundaberg Regional Council events team over many years.
The group meet regularly to discuss new ideas and initiatives and are this year imploring more locals to get involved in the festival.
Jenny said the waived stallholder fee would provide businesses with more of an incentive to attend the main event, and in turn, would create a fantastic day of trade in the region.
“In the past, Childers businesses may not have wanted to sign up for the festival due to the costs involved,” she said.
“Now, with those fees waived, it gives our local people a chance to show off their wares in a festival event that is all about celebrating our region.”
Divisional representative Cr Bill Trevor said he was thrilled with the new initiative and said it would provide many benefits for locals.
“What a fantastic opportunity for our wonderful businesses to enjoy a superb weekend of trade, as well as the chance to get their name out there, as part of the Childers Festival,” he said.
“This festival encapsulates everything great about our region and I urge all local people with something to offer to sign up for a free stall space.
“Whether it is art, craft, sewing, baking, growing, quilting and more- we want you!”
Expressions of interest applications have been extended until the end of April.
To apply for a stall in the Childers Festival click here.
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