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History of the Fryerstown Antique Fair.

It all started back in 1975 when a Health Inspector from Castlemaine threatened to shut the Fryerstown Hall down because there were inadequate Toilet Facilities at the Hall and was a requirement for holding events for Public attendance.
Someone suggested to Patricia Cubeta, an Antique Dealer in Castlemaine, "Why don't you hold an Antique Fair to raise some of the funds required to build new Toilets.?"
So on the Saturday and Sunday of the Australia Day Weekend the Antique Fair was born. There were no outside stalls with one Antique Dealer and one Market Dealer setting up Stalls in the Hall. As there was a Dance held on the Saturday night, setting up of the Fair had to be delayed until Midnight. Admission at the time was $1.00 with Lunch and Devonshire Teas available for purchase. With good attendance, around $1,000.00 was raised and with a Grant from the Former Newstead Shire Council of $8,000.00 the modern Toilet Block was built.

As the popularity of the event grew and the Hall Buildings filled to capacity, Stall Sites were measured up outdoors to make room for more Stall holders. Expansion continued several times over the Years to what is now believed to be the largest Fair of it's type in Australia.

Pat, the Founder and Manager is still fully involved in all aspects of the Fair as she absolutely loves being involved with it and catching up with long time friends, visitors, helpers and Stall holders each Year.

Pat in front of the Hall, 2016

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