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Come one and all . . . Waimate Community Market chairman David Owen says the extended market day will run like a scaled-back Strawberry Fare. PHOTO: GUS PATTERSON

It might not be the Strawberry Fare, but “of course there will be bloody strawberries”, Waimate Community Market chairman David Owen says.

This year’s Waimate Strawberry Fare was cancelled due to the “unpredictability” of the Covid-19 situation, but an extended community market has now been organised in its place on December 12

Seddon Square, the site of the annual Strawberry Fare, also hosted the community market each Saturday, so it was a matter of encouraging stallholders who may have planned to be at the Strawberry Fare to come anyway, Mr Owen said.

“A lot of people do patronise it for that one day.

“We know full well we won’t have the same numbers as the Strawberry Fare, but we like to think we can do something.

“It’s a Christmas get-together, based around the fare.”

The opportunity to have a stall would be given on a first in, first served basis, with restrictions on the number of similar stalls.

“We will be looking for variety, it is no use having 28 cake stalls.”

The community market’s usual stallholders would also be there, and the regular event had “a really good feel about it”, Mr Owen said.