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Market a blazing success

PRODUCERS put their best fruit forward at the first Leongatha Farmers Market of 2018 on Saturday morning.
Stalls filled the Gippsland Community College gardens and local marketgoers braved the heat to bag a bargain with everything from garlic to sausages and potted plants on offer.
Ruby Fire Brigade’s Darren Hardacre and Michael Guest made the most of the event’s popularity and took the opportunity to educate locals with a burntable demonstration.
“The burntable is a display which we set up to simulate the nature of a fire in different conditions so locals can get an idea of what to expect if a fire does strike in their area,” Mr Hardacre said.
“It demonstrates the difference in residual burn times depending on what kind of land the fire is on, and we can also show different wind conditions and grass types so they can develop a stronger idea of how fires burn.”
The firefighters lit areas of the burntable and covered the hessian in different materials including dirt, bark and grasses to show how fires react to different types of terrain.
Ruby Fire Brigade is no stranger to the Leongatha Farmers Market. The unit helps mark out the stalls and set up the market from early in the morning each month.
“It is a great community event and we love being involved in it,” Mr Guest said.
The unit also held a barbecue fundraiser to help put money towards the purchase of a second fire tanker.

Fire funds: from left, Lisa Brady, Karen Hardacre, Don Griggs, Kath Dell and Tim Hardacre put on a barbecue to raise funds for the Ruby Fire Brigade at the Leongatha Farmers Market on Saturday.

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