IN RARE good news for 2020, the Leeton Farmers and Makers Markets are set to return next month.
The markets haven't been held since earlier this year due to COVID-19 restrictions but will go ahead on September 5 in Mountford Park - just in time for Father's Day.
The committee is working on its COVID safety plan and, with the wide spaces available in the park, there will be plenty of room for a variety of stallholders and, of course, customers.
All of the typical COVID prevention practices will need to be used when attending the markets, including social distancing and sanitising.
With the markets being held the day before Father's Day, it will provide the perfect opportunity to pick up a last-minute gift for dad.
However, there will be plenty of other items on sale.
Leeton Farmers and Makers Market committee secretary Maria Lawrence was excited to see the event make its long-awaited return.
"We're really excited to have it back, we're hoping our first event market will make up for the Easter market, which was going to be huge before we had to cancel it," she said.
"We want to try and fill the park with as many stalls as possible.
"We've got a lot of our regulars coming back, including Peeches who will be there fueling everyone with caffeine on the morning, we've got Rotary doing their barbecue, there's some new stalls from people who make handmade goods, including masks.
"There's going to be something for everyone."
Fresh fruit and vegetables, delicious sweet treats, eggs, garlic, prunes and more are all among the local produce that will be on offer.
With so many of these stallholders basically not having any events to sell their wares at since March, getting down and supporting them at the first market back is more essential than ever.
"Now's a really good time to come and check out the markets if you've never been before," Mrs Lawrence said.
"There's so many great stalls and people to support."
The markets will be held on September 5 in Mountford Park from 9am to 12.30pm.