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Published October 23rd 2016
Hangout in the hills for fun, food, stalls and entertainmen
The Channon markets are held every second Sunday of the month at Coronation Park in the back blocks north of Lismore. There are other markets on the same day but that's where we headed and arrived to a very long queue of traffic and rain. We parked in a farmer's paddock for $2, with several paddocks already full, and walked to the markets.
The rain magically eased up and the stalls were an amazing variety of well-crafted things such as turned wood, crafts, unique purses and top hats, as well as lots of food vans and entertainment on the oval. There were also jugglers, hoops, and large tasty crepes, bonsai, colourful painted mushrooms, face painting and a huge range of creative art works.
The first Australians had a tepee where they smoked people, there was a large anti uranium display, massages and something for everyone. The four bands included Oka, a lay back group featuring the didgeridoo and other instruments, plus the Samba Blisstas, an energetic drumming group of 17 with a washboard – check them out on facebook. The oval was buzzing, shirts came off – hair was already down and few wore shoes anyway – and everybody danced.
It turned out to be their 40th anniversary, a year too early according to one local, but that didn't stop everyone from joining in the celebrations. We totally enjoyed the special occasion but I can assure you these markets are well worth a visit any second Sunday of the month, you will be enthralled and entertained.