By Roxanne Daniels
The sweet sugary scent of candy floss in the crisp Autumn air, the thrill of defying gravity on the jumping castle, the bustle of busy shoppers searching for the chicken wrap seen earlier or a cupcake for desert. Mothers were helping young children catch the plastic fish in the bowl to win a prize, and fathers had their little ones on their shoulders for a better view of the action. The Kingswood field was bustling with activity on the evening of 1 May at their annual Moonlit Fiesta. There were two large tents with one dedicated to the Grade sevens for the stalls that they had set up for the evening. Before the Fiesta, they had to create a business plan, detailing their ideas for what to sell, their expenses (including R30 rent for a table and electricity) and their projected profit. After submitting these plans on time, the Grade sevens had the go-ahead from teachers to exhibit their entrepreneurial spirit. Caitlin Wilmot and Tana Mati definitely had spirit: when anyone walked past the cry of, “Would you like to taste our caramel popcorn? Here’s a sugar-coated pecan nut to try!” or, the simple: “Would you like to buy anything?” could be heard. This pair of friends decided to work together on a circus theme, complete with candy floss, glow sticks and a timed game of searching for little stars in a bucket of sand. Caitlin declared, though, that the candy floss, glow sticks and caramel popcorn were the most popular. Just across the room was solitary Michael Fourie. He sat patiently and calmly at his table as a constant flow of customers sought out his biltong, koeksisters and doughnuts. He had already finished two big bags of the famous biltong an hour and a half into the Fiesta. Michael has been selling the biltong at the Fiesta for a few years in a row. He says that he chose it to have something “to just sell and not wait a long time for customers”. Michael is considering going into business one day, but for now he merely enjoys his stall, finishing his stock of biltong in a flash. It seems that food is always the most popular to sell out at a market, perhaps next year if you’re in Grade seven, you could sell an interesting food or find an exciting game, fascinating craft or treasured trinkets to market. What would you sell if you were at the Fiesta? If you were at the Moonlit Fiesta, what would you do differently for the Minute Market coming up?