Blackberry Fair!

by Steve Chapman in Whitchurch, Shropshire, England

Blackberry Fair!

Blackberry Fair hopes to bring a taste of New Orleans to the streets Whitchurch this year along with an elephant sized slice of community!

by Steve Chapman in Whitchurch, Shropshire, England

We did it
On 26th September 2018 we successfully raised £2,020 with 31 supporters in 56 days

Blackberry Fair, the largest event in Whitchurch's calendar, will be in its 11th year this year and is already eagerly anticipated by the local community.  The date to remember this year is 6th October 2018!!   It has become increasingly popular year on year, as shown in a survey following the 2017 event.  

Blackberry Fair is a non-profit CiC and the event cost £17,000 in 2017.  We rely on grants and local support to raise this.  This year we are fund-raising to bring Mr Wilson's Second Liners, a New Orlean's style band with a modern twist to town!  They are guaranteed to bring the Fair alive.  We also want to bring Festive Road's recycled, mechanical, pedal powered elephant.  Both acts will be very exciting to see in Whitchurch both on the streets and as part of the Carnival of Plenty parade.

Blackberry Fair has kept its roots in the heart of the community and is still run by a small team of volunteers, who have dedicated their time to raise the profile of Whitchurch and improve inter-community relationships.  Blackberry Fair's main ethos is one of promoting positive action, as we believe that this helps communities to grow.   Blackberry Fair prides itself on promoting local solutions for sustainability and educating on waste reduction, while also bringing internationally recognised artists to a small town, and intermingling them with local musicians, artists and dancers.  

Blackberry Fair runs workshops prior to the event at the local secondary school, Sir John Talbot's where students play a creative role and learn new skills. .  We believe that involving young people is vital and we designate an area to them through our youth stage, Blackberry Jam, where they play an integral part both on stage and behind the scenes.  

Everyone is welcome to become part of the fun at Blackberry Fair, whether on stage, in the audience or behind the scenes.  It's You, it's Me and it's Us that make this lively event happen in the small town of Whitchurch, together.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

A Grand Day Out

Blackberry Fair is FREE! We hope to keep it that way but it still costs money to turn the whole of Whitchurch into a stage so if you can afford it, please help us to keep the show running!

£50 or more

Limited edition T-shirt

Donate £50 to receive a limited edition Blackberry Fair T-shirt

£250 or more

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Sponsor a stage!

We have 6 stages dotted around town. Sponsor one of our stages and we'll paint you a banner to promote what you do!

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