SHOPPING: Alison and Bob Plummer travelled from Cabarita Beachto buy their Christmas presents at Markets in the Mountains.
SHOPPING: Alison and Bob Plummer travelled from Cabarita Beachto buy their Christmas presents at Markets in the Mountains.

Gifts aplenty at weekend markets

STALL holders at Stanthorpe's Market in the Mountains were amazed by the turn out of people who showed support by spending their money locally.

Sunday's markets brought people from as close as Cabarita Beach and as far as Townsville, and stall holder Sue Ingall said not even the thick smoke haze could stop them.

"It was really good - the smoke haze didn't deter people from buying presents to support the market," she said.

Ms Ingall said people were making the journey to the Southern Downs region to buy Christmas presents after seeing the devastation of the recent bushfires and current drought.

"These ladies didn't realise them spending a few dollars goes a long way in our community," she said.

Ms Ingall said it had been a tough couple of months for the Stanthorpe community.

"It's not just the fact that the farmers don't have any produce - it is affecting our whole community," she said.

Saturday's outdoor cinema, hosted by Community Connections - Redlands Coast Inc, was also handy in bringing foot traffic through the streets on Sunday, bringing an extra 21 people to the market alone.

This Sunday both Market in the Mountains and the Stanthorpe Showground Car Boot Market will be combining for Christmas shoppers.

Market in the Mountains will be held in the Exhibition Centre at the Stanthorpe Show Grounds and the Car Boot Market will be held in the carpark.

The Granite Belt Choir will be performing inside the Exhibition Centre and fruit and vegetables will be avalible for purchase from the Lancuba Girls.

Both markets will combine and be held on Sunday, December 15, starting from 8am-1pm.

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