IT MIGHT be October, but St Peter's Anglican Church in Leeton is only now getting the opportunity to hold its first fundraiser of 2020.
Usually the church, through its many associated groups such as Anglican women and its op shop, holds several community events every year where money raised goes back into a general fund to pay for ongoing expenses.
Last year around $17,000 was raised by the church and its group for this purpose, but in 2020 that number is zero.
With this in mind, St Peter's has planned a COVID-safe market day for Saturday in place of its annual, larger fete that had been scheduled for this weekend.
"We've had to cancel so many events due to COVID-19, but we have decided to go ahead with the market day, which is a smaller version of a fete," Father Robert Murphy said.
Some of the cancelled events have included Christmas in July, two fashion parades, a casserole luncheon, major raffle and more.
Fr Robert was hopeful the community would see the value in not just attending the event to assist the church, but to take part in something happy and fun.
Stalls will be set up selling all types of wares from jams and slices, to cakes, plants, craft, jewellery, produce and more.
There will be entertainment on the day from two bands, with participants able to bring a picnic blanket and sit and enjoy their surrounds.
"We've submitted a COVID safety plan, so everything is good on that front," Fr Robert said.
Volunteers from Gralee School will be there on the names taking names and numbers for this purpose.
The event will be held at the church grounds on Saturday from 9am to 1pm.