Argyle and John Streets are set to be transformed for the 17th annual ‘Light Up Camden’ event.

The Camden Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Industry (CCCTI) says the Saturday, 18 November, event will be family-focused and a boost for business.

“We have booked in 48 merchant sites, 38 food stalls, two coffee vans and a rides area that’ll excite children of all ages,” CCCTI President Maryann Strickland said.

“We are all about involving the community; so local dance schools, as well as primary and high schools in the area will be providing entertainment throughout the evening.”

Light Up Camden has attracted crowds of more than 10,000 in the past and organisers are hoping for more this year.

The event supports charity groups and local businesses, including Country Women’s Association, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and the Rotary Club of Camden.

Ken Macaulay, who has been a Rotary member for 30 years, runs the local club’s Christmas raffle. Last year, the Rotary club was invited to sell tickets for the raffle as part of Light Up Camden. It hopes to sell 10,000 tickets this year.

“Last year we took the trailer to the festival and had it stationed next to the Rotary tent right alongside the tree,” Mr Macaulay said.

“The trailer is filled through donations; Rotarians donate goods and Bunnings have always been supportive each year.”

John Street will be closed from 10am on Saturday, 18 November, to cater for festival preparations, and the event, including beer hall-styled dining along ‘Eat Street’, will get underway at 4pm.

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