A family fun fair is only fun if there are plenty of families participating. Entice families to flock to your event by creating an attention-getting poster to advertise. A computer savvy person with a desktop publishing program such as Print Explosion or Photoshop can easily create a creative poster using eye-catching photographs, graphics and text.
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Use photographs of fair participants and activities from years past to make a colourful background for your poster. Scan photographs and add them to a poster template for a digital collage or make colour copies of images to cut and paste onto poster board for an "old-school" approach to poster making.
If you create a collage digitally, you can fade the collage images to a "watermark" and then insert your text over the images. To keep the images at full colour brightness, line them up along the left or right margin and place them at slight angles with overlapping edges to create an attention-getting border for your poster. Add event information such as the dates of the fair, scheduled activities, contests and fair times.
A family fun fair is attractive because of the nostalgic nature of a family-focused event. Using vintage images of clean fun and cheerful rides and games will appeal to families.
Gather antique or vintage black and white images of traditional "fair-fun," by searching online or going through your own family photos. Select one or two clear images of fair goers enjoying candyfloss or playing games and enlarge for use on your poster. Place images on the top left and bottom right side of the poster and fill the middle with fair information. Use an old-time font for your headlines and larger-print information to capture people's attention.
Create a graphic photograph that captures the heart of any fair--the food. Take a close up photograph of popcorn, hot dogs or candyfloss or find some that are free to use online. Enlarge and place the image at the top left or bottom right of the poster for a big splash of colour or place several medium sized images along the left margin or top and bottom margin of the poster for more variety.
Brainstorm with past participants to come up with as many words to describe your event as possible. List them until you have a full page or more. Words like "festive," "corn roast," "dart game" may be used. Type the words in one long sentence in your poster template then play with fonts and sizes until the whole poster is covered in text. Fade the text out by lightening the colour and contrast, then place your fair information over the top.
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