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Fun aplenty to be had at FlindersFest

The Hawker Community is bracing themselves in preparation of FlindersFest 2019.

The committee has been busy fundraising for this year's event to be held on Sunday, October 6.

Location is the key for the Hawker community, as the perfect stopping point for those traveling to popular tourism areas including Wilpena Pound, Blinman, Beltana, various station stays and Arkaroola, or aiming further north along the Birdsville or Oodnadatta tracks.

FlindersFest was created with the aim of harnessing that traffic and keep visitors in Hawker for longer than the usual fuel stop, coffee and gallery visit.

With priority given to local stallholders, FlindersFest is another way to bring outside money into the area, and organisers hope the event will continue to bring its 500 visitors to the town.

This year's FlindersFest features market stalls, live music provided by Port Augusta Music Club, two bouncy castles and face painting, and begins at 10am.

Entry to the event, held at Blue Burt Park (near the public toilets), is free.

"In a small community you have to make your own opportunities," said committee member Chelsea Haywood.

"This is our way of showcasing just some of the unique smaller businesses across the Flinders, and creating a free fun, family event for both locals and tourists."

The event, initially suggested by Chelsea and started in 2016, is supported by Flinders Ranges Council and organised by a small committee of volunteers who are keen to see community events continue and thrive in their town. It coincides with the annual Craft Mart, which is held in the nearby hall and runs the duration of the school holidays.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/FlindersFest or email flindersfest@gmail