Christmas Craft Fair to return with new organiser

NEW ORGANISER: The Ceduna Christmas Craft Fair was cancelled in 2020, but is set to return with a new organiser at the helm. Photo: Luca Cetta
NEW ORGANISER: The Ceduna Christmas Craft Fair was cancelled in 2020, but is set to return with a new organiser at the helm. Photo: Luca Cetta

Ceduna's Christmas Craft Fair is set to return in 2021 with a new organiser at the helm.

After two decades Flair on Eyre decided they would no longer run the event, which has been taken over by Jo Hillas.

The annual event had to be cancelled last year due to COVID-19, but is set to return in early December.

Flair on Eyre president Joyce Brewster said volunteering organisers, who had run the Christmas Craft Fair for more than 20 years, decided now was the time to give somebody else a turn.

"The ladies are a bit older and thought that someone else could take it over," she said.

"It is a chance for younger people with younger ideas to step up and organise."

She said COVID also played a part in the decision.

Ms Hillas, who runs Ceduna 4evafit Gym, has been involved with hosting pop-up markets and running stalls at markets, and said it was a lot of fun.

She said after Oysterfest was cancelled, events like the Christmas Craft Fair were important for the town.

"The ladies that used to run it decided not to and I thought I'd help out with organising," Ms Hillas said.

"After the disappointment of Oysterfest being cancelled there were a lot of people disappointed with that, so this is something for the town to look forward to."

Ms Hillas is the main event coordinator and said she would have helpers, as they aim to ensure it can be hosted in a COVID-safe manner at the Ceduna Memorial Hall.

"We'll get the QR code and socially distance as much as we can," she said.

"It's a huge space, we could have a few hundred people in there at a distance of one per two square metres."