Forty years ago on a Saturday morning, eight shoppers wandered around three market stalls in the country town of Eumundi, spending a total of $30. This Saturday morning, 23 March 2019, thousands of people from around Australia and the world will wander among more than 250 stalls as the Original Eumundi Markets celebrates four decades of continuous operation.

It started with two friends, ceramic artist Christa Barton and her friend Gail Perry-Somers who came up with the idea of holding a European-style artisans and farmers market in their local CWA (Country Women’s Association) hall – they wanted to create a place where local farmers, artists and craftspeople could sell their wares, and where young local people could develop skills in handicrafts and preparing food. Refreshments were served in the CWA Hall.

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