An abundance of crafty fun was available at St John’s CofE Primary School’s PTA fair – with an artwork spinner and T-shirt printing


other events Add to the appeal and spectacle of your summer fair by tying other events into it. Have a stage and music acts for your own mini festival, invite visitors to camp  event off with a grand auction, or encourage young chefs with a bake-off competition. Plant sale: Ask local allotment societies, garden centres and plant nurseries for donations. Always position your plant stall somewhere sheltered. If you have the resources, make up some planters as higher- priced items. Herbs always do well, but make sure everything is labelled.

Silent auction: Unlike a  luck, a silent auction allows people to bid only on the prizes they want. By stating the value of each prize, your supporters can gauge how much they’re prepared to pay, which is sure to be more  Seek out experiences or services as prizes in order to tempt supporters and encourage bidding wars.

Pet show: Invite visitors to bring  run a competition with different categories and prize rosettes. Alternatively, ask a local pet shop or shelter to bring some animals along. Charge for the animal encounters. See our guide to running a pet show at Football tournament:Have different age categories so everyone can take part, including adults. Participants register before the fair, paying to enter – let players know their time slot. Hold matches in a cordoned-off area. Allow time for the winners of each round to play for a chance to while still having time to enjoy the rest of the fair.

Student-run stalls Manpower can be a battle when it

Case study: Baking bonanza!

‘Last year we held a bake-off competition at our fair. We promoted it through our Facebook page, and contestants brought their creations to our “afternoon tea” marquee. As the cakes spent a while on the judging table, some contestants created videos on Facebook the day before to help with the judging in case the hot weather affected their cakes. The judging criteria was appearance, taste and how well the

cakes matched the fair’s theme, “the great British summer”. The judges consisted of myself as Chair, the Deputy Head and the fair’s compere. We offered trophies to the winners and runners -up in two categories, one for adults and one for children. The competition was free to enter, but as we sold the cakes afterwards it was a way of getting free contributions for the afternoon tea marquee. We raised £3,517 across the whole of our summer fair.’ Tracy King, PFA Chair, Trinity CofE Methodist Primary School, Chorley, Lancashire (520 pupils)

comes to PTA events, so enlisting the help of pupils is a fantastic way to spread the workload. Consider running an enterprise competition with Year 5 or 6 children where they set up their own stalls, as this helps them learn business skills, such as   spent on something just for their class? This will give you more helpers and stalls, and some families will be more likely to come along if their children have a part to play. Liaise with teachers to get a shortlist of the children’s ideas to ensure that none of their stalls clash with PTA-run stalls, or provide a list of stalls you’d like to see to help give breadth to your fair. Guess the…:Whether it’s weight of the cake, name of the teddy or number of LEGO pieces in a jar, if the item is donated, this stall will be pure  teddy or jar. For ‘guess the name’, base the list on pupils in your school, as children like the familiarity. Panning for gold: Spray small stones with gold paint and bury them in  player receives a prize. Human fruit machine:Have three large boxes containing three to four pieces of plastic fruit (to save on  visitors can’t see the contents. When a horn is sounded, the helpers pull out a fruit and hold it up. If all three  Bucket dash: Children have to carry a bucket of water 10m and empty the contents into a washing-up bowl.  times, but they only have two minutes AND the bucket has holes  stick handy. Any child who manages to get the agreed amount into the bowl wins a prize. Play your cards right: This popular game of higher/lower, using giant playing cards, will bring a little bit of maths to the fair. Ace is high and nothing for a pair – not in this  SUMMER 2018 45

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