Fletcher Jones' Christmas Market Garden Party down in numbers but not in colour

While the skies were grey over Warrnambool on Saturday, the party on the grass at Fletcher Jones was full of colour.

Hosting its annual Christmas market garden market the iconic home of the silver ball did not let the weather rain on their parade.

Despite a handful of stall holders withdrawing from the event, organisers say those who braved the weather were pleased with the turnout.

“The stall holders are bearing up,” organiser Helen Bunyon said.

“And they’ve all said they’re enjoying themselves regardless of the conditions.”

Ms Bunyon said although it was hard to say for certain, numbers appeared to be down on previous years. 

“Yes, it looks like some have been put off by the rain and wind but the response from visitors has been very encouraging.

“It’s always held at the start of summer but whether that’s wind, rain or sunshine you just never know.”

”But we’re not going to let the weather beat us.

Regardless of the cold, windy conditions garden party visitors donned in jackets and coats were treated to an array of garden party activities.

While artists battled for top spot in the ‘arts on the grass’ competition, youngsters tested their craft skills in pom-pom making in the children’s area.

Live music became the soundtrack to the day’s activities and food and coffee vans kept market-goers well refreshed.

Ms Bunyon said this year’s new attractions were a real hit.

“I’ve seen lots of people taking part in the silent disco,” she said.

“And quite a few enjoying the Fletcher Jones’ stories in the movie tent.”

Coinciding with the silver ball’s 50th anniversary, organisers welcomed  retired Fletcher Jones staff to view a documentary on the iconic site’s history.

The event was also a chance for Fletcher Jones site owner Dean Montgomery to offer car-lovers a sneak peak at his upcoming motor museum.

The home of Mr Montgomery’s vehicle collection is set to open its doors early in 2018.

While opening date was not yet finalised, site manager Troy Kelly said it was only final touches that were yet to be completed.

“Let’s just say everyday we’re getting closer,” he said.


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