It was 1979 when ceramic artist Christa Barton and her friend Gail Perry-Somers came up with the idea of holding a European style 'artisans and farmers' market in Eumundi.
The area had become a home for artisans, craftspeople and refugees from suburbia. What attracted people then, as now, was the town's openness, sense of community and simpler way of life.
On 24 March 1979 three marketeers gamely set up their stalls around the CWA hall, with refreshments served inside. There was a grand total of eight visitors and a turnover of $30.
The Original Eumundi Markets was up and running! The market's auspicing body was and still is our association, the Eumundi and District Historical Association Inc.
By the year 2000, the market had grown to 350 stalls, and in 2002, the Original Eumundi Markets expanded to include Wednesday as well.
In 2011 a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee, Original Eumundi Markets Limited, was formed to drive the developments needed to cater for the next generation of market shoppers.
The market has now grown to more than 600 stalls and an annual visitation of 1.6million people!
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