This year is the 20th anniversary of the first Market Day in Quinninup. Having a Market Day was the brainchild of members of the Quinninup Community Association to promote Quinninup in a more favourable light to tourists and local businesses. There had been an incident involving the police and a motorcycle gang which reflected badly on the tavern and the town, and so the idea of having a family friendly event to encourage positive publicity was born. Since then the annual Quinninup Market Day has become known throughout the district and it has grown from just a few local stalls to over 40 including wineries.
Over the past 10 years the focus of the Market Day has shifted to providing free activities for children. The market day has always been held during the September/October school holidays when there is a need to provide a low cost day out for a family to enjoy. With the help of grants from organisations like Lotterywest, Healthways, and the Shire of Manjimup the QCA have been able to hire the more expensive commercial children’s play equipment for use on the day.
Local Manjimup businesses have been particularly helpful in supporting our endeavours to provide fresh and healthy food options on the day for a reasonable price. All our helpers on the day are local residents who give up their time to volunteer. All profits made from the sale of this food are used to provide for the maintenance and repair of the heritage listed school buildings being used as the Quinninup Community Centre
The Quinninup Community Association thanks all the volunteers for their assistance over the Market Day Weekend, in the setting up on the Saturday, unstinting labour on the day itself, and packing up on the Monday, for without their help this event would not take place. A special thank you goes to the Market Day Committee each year for the organisation required to make each market day a successful one.