I have been busy preparing for the Village Christmas Fair this week. Lots of things to finish off and present well. Fortunately I have been able to take an extra day off work as I worked a Saturday at the beginning of the month.
Last week was the Church Christmas Fair, traditionally held the week before the Village one. I have to admit it was slightly bizarre seeing people wander around the hall wearing Santa hats and having Christmas Carols playing in the middle of November. There was even a Father Christmas trying to bring people in from the street and then giving out sweets and toys. However over £1000 was raised for church funds, which is quite an achievement. One of the biggest draws is always the bottle tombola where you could win a small bottle of pop or a very expensive bottle of whiskey – we won neither. Though we did get a bottle of cider, a bottle of wine and a bottle of tonic water!
My contribution was this game of Pick A Stick. For 20p a go (or 50p for 3) you could pick a stick from the box. Some of them had colours on the bottom which correlated to a cash prize. There was one stick worth £5, 3 worth £1, 6 worth 50p and 10 worth 20p. It is a bit of a fundraising winner. The only people who take their money are those that win either the £1 or £5, the rest will ‘reinvest’ in the game!! On Saturday only one person picked a £1 and no one found the £5. I will probably mark up more 20ps though, there were some disappointed children who didn’t win anything.
So if you are after a fundraiser all you need is 250 sticks, a box and some sand. What’s your favourite fundraiser?