3000 people converge on Mary St
ABOUT 3000 people joined in the fun and festivity of Mary St on Monday night for what organiser Tony Goodman has described as a "fun shopping experience that certainly can't be had online".
Gympie's historic main street was festooned with colour, music and great bargains from 5-9pm, and many traders reported good sales.
Mr Goodman said many other traders reported seeing customers in their shops they had never seen before or did not know who they were.
"Others also reported that they had customers coming back into their shop the next day to buy product that they had seen the night before," he said.
"It was a great atmosphere and many said there was an excellent vibe in the street.
"There was more street entertainment and extra Gympie Gold Produce stalls to add value to previous street events that I had organised.
"It just goes to prove that the combination of food, wine, street theatre/entertainment with the right marketing... people will come.
"I am looking to create a Four Seasons program on the calendar going into next year.
"We have summer covered with Mary Christmas, autumn with Easter On Mary, winter with Winter Trees On Mary and spring .... in the planning stages.
"I have spoken to (Gympie Regional) Council and the Gympie Chamber of Commerce about this at length and have been very grateful for their backing and into the future."
Next Monday evening will be the last throw of the dice for Mary St traders to hopefully benefit from increased sales before Christmas, with the second and final Mary Christmas event from 5-9pm
Those shoppers and visitors who missed out on the first one will get a chance to experience the fun and magic next Monday.