How to run fun fairs

Written by audrey farley
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How to run fun fairs
Fun fairs may be held indoors or outdoors. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Fun fairs are like mini-carnivals, which gather children and families. They feature games, prizes and other recreational events. Often, fun fairs are hosted by schools, organisations or neighbourhood communities to raise money for a charity or cause. Running a fun fair requires time and careful preparation, but it can be a very enjoyable experience.

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  1. 1

    Recruit volunteers by hosting an interest meeting. Invite parents, teachers and community members to share their skills and talents by volunteering time on one of various committees. Organise committees such as publicity, tickets and registration, community outreach, security, set-up or cleanup.

  2. 2

    Decide on a venue. If the fun fair is to be held on a school campus or in a public facility, reserve the building, lot or field. In addition, reserve space for parking.

  3. 3

    Invite local businesses to participate by donating prizes or goods. For instance, ask a local restaurant to donate gift tokens that can be awarded as prizes for fun fair contests. Invite a local bank to donate bottles of water with the bank's name on the label. Ask retailers to donate items or goods to be auctioned.

  4. 4

    Invite local vendors to participate in the fun fair. Ask local artists or craftsman to display and sell goods at booths. Rent booths for a fee to raise money for the fun fair's charity or cause or simply to recoup costs for the event.

  5. 5

    Brainstorm games, contests and activities. For example, plan a duck pond, which is a plastic pool filled with plastic ducks, a few of which are marked on the bottom with a prize. Players pay for a chance to select a duck. Plan a balloon and dart board, in which guests pay for darts to pop balloons on a board, or a penny toss, in which contestants toss pennies into containers, such as fish bowls or soda bottles.

  6. 6

    Publicise the fun fair by sending notices home with students, printing in school bulletins and posting advertisements around the local community, such as in grocery stores or coffee shops. Draft a short press release for the local newspaper to print.

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