Big events mean big business

Be prepared: Camden town centre will host two huge events in April. Local businesses are expecting a healthy boost in business. Picture: Simon Bennett
Be prepared: Camden town centre will host two huge events in April. Local businesses are expecting a healthy boost in business. Picture: Simon Bennett

Two huge events are coming to Camden in April and it could mean big things for the town.

The Camden Show and the Equestrian Australia National Eventing Championships will bring tens of thousands of people, and dollars, into Camden.

Upstairs at Fred’s owner Steve Wisbey said the influx of people would be a positive for local business owners.

“We have been completely booked out before Anh Do’s shows at the Civic Centre, so any event that comes to town is beneficial because it flows back to local businesses,” he said.

“The really big events, like the Camden Show and equestrian championships, are good for all of us.”

Mr Wisbey said Camden’s retailers and restaurants had faced some pressure in recent months.

“There is no doubt the openings at Narellan Town Centre and Macarthur Square have affected Camden as a restaurant and dining precinct,” he said.

“Whenever events bring people to town it is good for the community.

“It puts local income back into the community.”

Mr Wisbey said business owners will most likely prepare for these events by putting on more staff, running specials and starting social media campaigns.

He also had some advice for fellow business owners.

“Be prepared, be proactive and accommodate these visitors so they can enjoy shopping and eating in beautiful Camden,” he said.

The Camden Show is taking place on March 31 and April 1.

Secretary Jo Martin said the event attracted about 40,000 people each year.

“We are a not-for-profit organisation so anything we make goes back into planning next year’s show,” she said.

“The event brings a lot of extra foot traffic into Camden each year.”

The National Eventing Championships on April 22 and 23 are expected to attract about 700 entrants from all over Australia and New Zealand and thousands of spectators.

Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak said she was thrilled the Bicentennial Equestrian Park was hosting the prestigious event.

“I think Onslow Oval and the equestrian park are fantastic venues with the ability to host high-calibre events,” she said.

“It didn’t come as a surprise that the National Eventing Championships would be held at the equestrian park – the committee does a great job.

“I’m very happy for them.”

Cr Symkowiak said these events would be a chance to showcase Camden.

“People from across Australia and the wider Sydney region will have the chance to see what a great place Camden is,” she said.

Cr Symkowiak said the Camden Show was not to be missed.

“It is a chance for the community to come together and support the show, the sponsors and local businesses,” she said.

“It is great for new residents to see Camden’s history and agricultural heritage – and to come together as a community.”