Spring is a time for opening the windows and doors, sloshing through the mud, and celebrating the end of the cold winter. It is also a time when schools start planning for their yearly fair that raises money for school activities, encourages kids to participate in extracurricular events, and invites the entire community to show their support for their local school—all while having fun! If your elementary school is preparing and planning for a spring fair, here are some must-haves to make it a success:
A Strong Committee of Volunteers
Planning a school fair is a big job, one that takes plenty of dedication and volunteer hours to get right. Before you even start planning your yearly event, make sure you have the human power to execute it. Call on volunteers early and often and allow each person to use their own skills to your advantage. Don’t be afraid to ask parents and other members of the community for their help.
Sponsorship from Local Vendors
Speaking of volunteering, you’d be surprised how many local vendors and businesses will give away their goods and services for free. Sponsorship doesn’t have to be a big gesture. Companies will donate all kinds of things for the big event, such as free poster printing, valet services, food, tents, etc. Sponsorship can transform your small fair into a big deal that attracts a lot of visitors. If you’re using the fair to raise money for a good cause, sponsors are a must-have.
A Plan B
There may be a lot you can control, but weather isn’t one of them. If your fair is going to happen “rain or shine,” make sure it’s an inviting space for kids and their parents to enjoy where they are protected from the rain. That means installing a tent or bringing the fair inside.
Food and Refreshments
Every fair worth its name has a variety of delicious and fun food and refreshments that pleases your child and your inner child. Fair food can be whatever you want it to be, but don’t forget to include these essential fair staples:
- Popcorn: Cinema-style popcorn is a fan favourite. This salty snack is quick and easy to make.
- Cotton Candy: What fair is complete without the sight of colourful clouds of spun sugar?
- Snow Cones: An essential summertime staple, snow cones are a delicious way to cool down on a hot day.
- Hot Dogs: The quintessential accompaniment to any outdoor activity, hot dogs are a definite must-have.
Fun and Games
Fun activities and games are the glue that holds a school fair together. Without fun games to draw in your community, should you even call your event a school fair? To make your day fun above everything else, find ways to bring on the laughs and put smiles on everyone’s faces. Want to raise money and encourage plenty of laughs? Set your school principal up in one of our Dunk Tanks and challenge each student to try their luck at dunking them in the water!
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