Organizing this year’s Çalış Christmas Fair was a huge but rewarding undertaking for everyone concerned, said Chrissie Clark.
She and the 3cs committee have been working hard for many months to make sure everything went smoothly last Sunday.
In the event Çalış promenade was full of stallholders and full to bursting with crowds of visitors from all over Muğla and beyond.
A BIG thank you for everyone
Chrissie told Fethiye Times:
We couldn’t have done this without all the kindness, help and support from the Çalış Tourism Association, the Fethiye Municipality, local businesses, hotels, restaurants and bars.
We are also very aware that it was the stall holders and massive crowds that made it into something so very special.
On behalf of the committee I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and tremendous commitment to this annual event and our town.”
The weather forecast had been looking a bit dodgy and there was a sudden and rather fierce storm in the middle of the night.
Luckily, by the morning it was dry, if cloudy.
There were also last minute requests by people wanting to sell their wares, filling the packed beach front to bursting point.
Biggest fair ever!
On the day the fair stretched all along the Çalış prom with 230 stalls selling an incredible range of goodies.
Colourful stalls were selling everything from cakes, decorations and clothes,
to calendars, jams and home made treats, far too many to list here!
A ‘bridge building’ event
Mehmet Ulusoy, deputy chairman of the Çalış Tourism Association said:
The Çalış Christmas Fair has given our community a great opportunity to bridge cultures and religions, we are very grateful to everyone involved.”
Chrissie Clark particularly wants to thank all the hotels, bars and restaurants for allowing their frontages to be used, in particular, for the 3Cs stalls.
Charities worked together
All together there were 12 charity stalls at the fair from Fethiye and other towns in the region raising money and awareness for their good causes.
A massive turn out
Despite the weather worries the organizers estimate more the 6,000 visitors came to the fair, providing a much welcomed boost to Çalış during the winter months.
People came from far and wide, with many organized coach trips boosting the numbers.
Guest of honour!
Of course there was one visitor that everyone was waiting for, Father Christmas himself. Accompanied by his merry band of helpers, they were due to parade along the sea front in Santa’s decorated sleigh.
At the last minute, however, there was a bit of a crisis. Chrissie explains:
For reasons we’ll probably never know, the sleigh driver couldn’t be found but we needn’t have worried. The Zabita (Fethiye Municipality’s local security force) were on hand to save the day!
They used their big truck, with lights flashing and siren blaring, to take Santa and his team along the promenade. We thank the team and Halime Ok, the head of the Zabita for making this
a very special, if unusual, parade and the highlight of the afternoon! Altogether 160 children visited Father Christmas and each received a present.”
For more information about 3cs visit their website by clicking here.
Some more photos
Many thanks to Si Cunneen for the headline photograph.