Darlington State School, the tiny school with a big heart, will put on its highly anticipated annual Darlington Community Markets with a twist on 6 November.
Their 2022 markets will also be a fundraiser to support one of their students, who is battling leukaemia.
P&C President Nathan Overell said it was a big deal for the school, which has 27 students from prep to year 6.
“It’s a small school, so when a student is sick like this, we all feel it and we really want to get behind her and be as supportive as we can. There’s a lot of costs and time and effort involved for her family, and we just want to make life easier for them if we can.”
The Darlington Community Markets will have all its usual country market attractions, from live music, great food and coffee to kids’ activities and animals.
Mr Overell said it was much more than a market.
“It’s not like a normal market where there’s just stallholders, it’s a whole lot of fun and there’s so much for everyone,” he said.
“It’s really a way for the local community to network and catch up as well as anything to do with the market – it ticks a lot of boxes and people end up hanging out the whole time.”
There will be plenty of quality stalls to shop from, under the theme of home grown, homemade, handmade, local, organic, upcycled and fair trade.
Local band Griffin County will perform and there will be a sizzle/burger stand, the Darlington School P&C cake stand, Lost World Coffee, old fashioned country games and novelty races, the baby animal nursery, face painting, alpaca walks, Rathdowney Pony Club display and the famous Darlington Duck Race.
The markets go from 8am to noon 6 November at Darlington State School, 2744 Kerry Road.
Entry is free, but there is an optional gold coin donation on entry and plenty of opportunities to buy food, drinks and market goodies. Some eftpos facilities available but bring cash too.