Family Funfest 2017

Family Funfest 2017

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The Family Funfest was organised by Jane Peck (and her Committee of hard working volunteers) of Rainbow Stars, which is a Lincolnshire support group for families with disabled children, for those with additional needs; this group is based in Sleaford. The Family Funfest was held on Saturday at Sleaford Rugby Club Sports Ground. This proved to be an excellent choice of venue because so many people turned up to enjoy the day, and most of the field was used.

Being a member of the Sleaford All-Knighters Scooter Club I arrived fairly early to help with the set up of the club stand. Once this was done it gave club members time to wander around the car boot sale and buy those little extras that you had not realised that you needed!! During the morning a steady stream of stall holders arrived. A wide selection of showground rides had been set up on the Friday, and Jane was there from 7.00 am that day to help with the organisation of these rides, which included dodgem cars, roundabouts and a crazy castle. This funfair was impressive, and the rides cost from just £1 a go.

The Funfest officially started at twelve noon; this gave the stall holders time to walk around to have a look at the other stands before the day’s programme started. Jane had organised a full day’s programme stretching from midday and finishing at 9.00 pm. Events included Dancing Dogs, and then a Dog Show (these dogs were well behaved!). In the early afternoon a concert band played a selection of lively tunes, and were well supported by the show’s visitors. Whilst I was walking around a Spitfire did a fly past over the sports ground.

There were lots of things for children to do – you had the fairground rides and a bouncy castle; somebody brought along some owls – you were able to hold these lovely creatures; the wind certainly ruffled the birds feathers. If you wanted to take pictures of them they asked for a £1 to help with the cost of the birds’ feed. There was a fire engine parked up, which attracted a lot of attention from youngsters climbing up inside it. A climbing wall was there for those with a head for heights, plus loads of stalls for you to look at. In the main arena some groups of girls were dancing / exercising to music, and close by there were exercise frames for you to try out.

I had a go on a micro Scalextric track – this cost a £1 for ten laps of the circuit, and the owner had a choice of 22 vehicles to use. The track owner let me have a couple of practice laps to get the hang of it, then he and I had a bit of a race – needless to say I came second!! Sleaford Radio Controlled Car Club had an impressive layout on another part of the field; these were models up to 1/10 scale; they could certainly shift. The Funfest programme continued with a fun run. This was known as the “Colour Rainbow Run” and lots of the participants had their faces and clothes coloured. “Have A Go Rugby” was also available throughout the day.

We were very lucky because the day was warm and sunny, if a little windy at times. Two local traders who did really well were the mobile fish and chip shop, who did a roaring trade, as did the ice-cream van. You had to queue to get served at either of these.

The Sleaford All-Knighters Club stand had a lot of interest; a couple of scooters with sidecars fitted drew in the crowds, as did Nicky’s Happy Chappy mobility scooter. One little toddler had a whale of a time climbing up and sitting on most of the scooters, twiddling with knobs and switches. He also climbed inside the sidecars. I think that we might have a new prospective member there in about 15 years’ time!! Several people were interested in a chance to win a 1959 classic Vespa Scooter; this will be raffled at the club’s rally, which takes place at the Sleaford Rugby Club Ground over the weekend of 21st-23rd July this year. The scooter is the top raffle prize.

The show continued with live bands playing until 9.00 pm.

This was an excellent Funfest day, with a lot of support from local traders and visitors. One trader from Sleaford told me that the town could do with more days like this. Well done to Jane and all the people who helped with the organising. The marshals running the car parks also deserve a mention as they were kept very busy and did a great job; several members of the scooter club helped with this too.

I understand that a substantial sum of money was raised for local charities. Well done to everybody that turned up and took part; we must not forget all the visitors who came – the rugby field which was heaving and everyone seemed to have a great time. Hopefully there will be a repeat show next year!

– The Cake Man