Most everyone loves attending a school fair – it’s where everyone can let their hair down and enjoy the games and rides to their heart’s content, and it’s where people can spend time with their loved ones (and the entire community in general) for a day or two of relaxation and fun. But planning one is different from merely participating in one, so if you are doing the former, there’s more to it than meets the eye. So how do you organise a school fair? Here’s how to plan and hold a school funfair and fairground: top tips.
Different factors make up or constitute a school fair, and each of these factors needs careful attention. They are as follows:
- The activities
The activities and games make up the event and make it fun and exciting, so when choosing the activities, make sure it’s something that everyone can enjoy, no matter the age. For instance, inflatables for the young ones and funfair games and booths for the teens and adults are a must, says funfair hire providers such as We Are Tricycle.
But activities can also include a marching band to add colour and music, and you can have the local school perform a skit or hold a play (which they can charge tickets for as well). You can even ask your local station to broadcast the festivities, and they can also provide the sounds during the event.
One way to make it more special and pique the interest of the entire community is to hold a silent auction – it can help you raise extra funds for a cause, and you can ask local businesses to participate in it and contribute gift certificates – they can come from local pubs and restaurants and other shops. The town’s sports teams can donate their signed merchandise to raise sales. Another popular activity for the kiddos is face painting, and you can look for someone in the area willing to volunteer.
- The prizes and games
Along with the activities come the different prizes and games, and as mentioned, you can talk to a supplier of funfair games who can let you hire all kinds of games, from tin can alley to coconut shy and more. You can also come up with games yourself – games such as a ball throwing contest are immensely popular, as are sack races (three-legged races are a crowd-pleaser), balloon darts, hula hoop and dancing competitions. You can even have a baking or cooking contest, and the winner gets a prize.
Speaking of prizes, you can purchase a bag of goodies at a party supplies shop and make everyone participate by supplying paper medals for 3rd place, 2nd place, and the top prize! Remember – the more involved the students get, the more they will encourage their families and peers to attend.
- The safety
Of course, everyone’s safety is paramount, so make sure you have various safety protocols in place. You may want to talk to the company providing the rides and attractions regarding safety and security – they can even suggest how you can improve security and safety at your event. Don’t forget to set up a first aid station and make sure the local paramedics are on standby during the event.