The first ‘Easter EGGstravaganza’, staged in Money’s Yard on Saturday, has been hailed a resounding success by organisers, Sleaford Town Team.
The family event saw a craft market in a marquee in the car park, with food stalls and entertainment from Majik Bunnie, Messy Church, face painting and balloon modelling.
Chairman of the Town Team Clare Rayner said it could not have gone better for the first event of its kind. “Everyone on the team was over the moon and on a high, but exhausted by the end,” she said, estimating a potential 1,000 people had visited.
Stallholders were already asking if the event would be repeated and Mrs Rayner said: “This is great feedback and just what we need. There were 98 entries for the prize draw shopping trail so that means at least that many had completed it and visited at least eight local shops.
“We had sold out on the tombola by midday and the balloon modeller and face painter were totally mobbed throughout the day.”
The Majik Bunnie shows were hugely popular too.
Colouring competition sheets had been shared among the local schools and more were taken up on the day leading to Majik Bunnie offering eight instead of three prizes due to popular demand.
Mrs Rayner said this first event was aimed to drive footfall around the town with promising reports coming back from new businesses such as Dee’s Gifts, Wise Guys and No. 20.
She said it was about making that connection with the community and make them realise what is on their doorstep.
“We are going to be doing more events to help turn around people’s perceptions,” she went on, thanking everyone for donating their efforts.
The next will be a Teenage Market on May 23. Then in July there will be a celebration of Lincolnshire in the form of a Sunday market and food fair plus another Teenage Market.
Another idea proposed is a local business fair to give people a snapshot of what all the local businesses have to offer and demonstrate what they might be overlooking, showing samples of their goods, services and materials.