Countdown to NightQuip is on

Gunnedah Shire Council

Preparations are in top gear for NightQuip, Gunnedah’s community night markets, on Tuesday, August 16.

There will be plenty for the whole family to enjoy when the vibrant evening festival on Conadilly Street returns with a bang, thanks to funding from the Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program.

NightQuip – a Gunnedah Shire Council event – is on the first night of AgQuip and will light up Gunnedah’s main street with music, market stalls, food and late-night shopping.

“In its first year – 2019 – NightQuip attracted about 3,000 attendees from across the state, and we’re looking forward to seeing even more locals and visitors at the markets this year,” Council’s Acting Cultural Precinct Team Leader Madeline Buhagiar said.

“It’s really exciting to be involved in such a great community event and bring the festival atmosphere to the heart of our CBD.”

From 5.30pm to 8.30pm, Conadilly Street will be lined with almost 40 market stalls showcasing local artisanal crafts, plants, clothing, toys and games, candles, handmade jewellery and a smorgasbord of food. Conadilly Street will be buzzing with late-night trade and special offers from local shops.

“Grab a snag at the Gunnedah West Rotary Club barbecue, indulge your sweet tooth with fairy floss, or take in the aromas of Asian and Italian cuisine,” Ms Buhagiar said.

“There are heaps of activities to keep kids busy, including tea cup rides, triple-play sports zone, face painting, and jumping castles.

“It will be a great atmosphere and crowds will be entertained by popular local band Streamline, and talented members of the Gunnedah Conservatorium.

“Locals living in the Shire’s villages won’t miss out – they can jump on a free return bus service to become part of the festival fun.”

Council’s Economic Development Officer Richard Patriquin said NightQuip was a great opportunity to support Gunnedah Shire’s local businesses, while also reconnecting the community after years of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns.

“Gunnedah’s businesses are owned and operated by locals who live and work alongside us, and we’re excited to once again collaborate with them to bring this fantastic event back to the CBD,” he said.

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