BATHURST was abuzz last Sunday as an estimated 2 000 visitors descended on the village for the 14th annual Bathurst BookFair, enjoying a mass booklovers gathering on a warm autumn day.
According to organisers Gail Matthew and Lizz Briggs, this year’s event was a roaring success.
Visitors enjoyed the time browsing through stand upon stand of second hand books, from all walks of life, some collectors, classics, nonfiction and forgotten treasures. Booklovers were spoilt for choice with collection upon collection available to choose from. Yummy eats and cold beverages were sold to keep bookworms fed and nourished as they consumed paperbacks, and enjoyed a festive and cheery day out in the Village Green.
Two charities, namely the SPCA and The Sunshine Coast Feeding Scheme (ePAP) will each receive R4 000 from money raised on the day and an additional R480 donated by the St John’s Church bookstall.
“We would like to say a special thanks to Jay Jackson for stepping in to assist with a bit of crisis management, and thanks to Tanya Schenk and Lihani for their help with the marketing,” said Briggs.
The raffle was well supported and the lucky winner of the first prize was Jason Blom, 2nd prize winner was Mike Storey and 3rd prize went to Ewa Mogilnicka.
“Lastly, a big thank you to Peter Mosley for his generous contribution. He, as usual, stole the show with his wit and wisdom during the book auction which rounded off the event.
“We are over the moon with the turnout of the stallholders and the support of the visitors and look forward to seeing you at the book fair next year,” Matthew and Briggs said.
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