The first Fair, held in May 2007, was a huge success story, with over 3,000 people coming and over $16,000 raised for the Gumeracha Community Association. The Community Association has given half of that amount to the new incorporated Management Committee to run the 2008 and subsequent Fairs and the rest will be put back into the Community.
The Gumeracha Medieval Fair Inc. now has a stand-alone Management Committee of committed local people with representatives from local and regional community and re-enactment groups. These people and groups all have a significant stake in seeing the event becoming, not only successful again in 2008, but an annual event for years to come!
The Committee is keen to draw volunteers from the local community groups and have a policy that a percentage of the net profit will be paid to the groups reflective of the hours that the volunteers have put in. This is a great opportunity for local Community Groups to use the Gumeracha Medieval Fair as an annual fundraiser for their groupâ€™s activities.
The Fair will again involve six major medieval re-enactment groups as well as more food and craft merchants, a bigger Medieval Village and childrenâ€™s games area together with the Persian Garden and Celtic and medieval musicians. The combat arena will be a major centre of interest and there will be something for everyone to see and interact with!
The Committee is already getting strong interest and commitment from interstate merchants and participants. Wendy Cook, from the Birdwood Wine and Cheese Centre, will be putting together a large array of regional beverages and foods and will be promoting the Torrens Valley as a tourist destination.
All merchant application forms can be downloaded directly from the website. â€œEverybody loves the Federation Park venue and the growing interest for the 2008 Gumeracha Medieval Fair is huge,â€ said Michel Gray, event co-ordinator.
For more information visit the Medieval Fairâ€™s website www.medievalsa.org