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Thirty five years ago, The Channon Craft Market Inc. was born into The Channon village, near Lismore NSW on the North coast of Australia. It’s strongly held ethic of “Make It, Bake It, Grow It” flourished and this is still nurtured by the market today.
Since our renowned market’s beginnings in The Channon Hall in 1976, it quickly outgrew that location and moved to its present location at Coronation Park.
The Market was originally set up to trade and barter goods between members of the community and its creation also provided a meeting place for like-minded people to explore current environmental issues. The Channon Craft Market has grown enormously in size and reputation since then.
The Market has evolved during the last 35 years to become a Non-Profit Community Organisation with a Management Committee of nine volunteers. They meet regularly to manage the diverse needs of our popular market, representing stallholders, The Channon and surrounding local community, and staff. The Management Committee employs approximately 18 staff members to supervise and co-ordinate the smooth running of the market each month.
Held on the second Sunday of the month, preparation for Market day begins well in advance. The market office is the nerve-centre for staff co-ordination and stallholder placements. It also handles the many enquiries about the The Channon Craft Market, and attends to the various tasks involved in playing host to such a big event each month.
On the Saturday, before the coming day’s influx of people, it’s an early start for the local crew who do the road taping and grounds preparation. Come Sunday market day, the Market Managers and their staff are up and on duty by 5am. Stallholders, both permanent and casual start to arrive at 6am, their interesting wares, display tables and racks, poles and tarps in tow. At 7am casual stallholders gather ‘round to be given a spot on the grounds to trade for the day. Staff then assist stallholders in getting settled in time for early bird market goers who start trickling in from 8am to catch a bargain and fresh produce. The scene is set - serene Coronation Park seems magically transformed overnight into a festival of colour.