Fetes are a way of raising money for various causes, particularly schools and churches. Summer and Christmas are the most common times to hold fetes, but there are plenty of ideas for stalls that have money-making potential at any time of year. Stalls need to appeal to a range of visitors to keep everyone entertained. Required licenses and safety regulations remain the responsibility of the fete organizer.
Cake and Bake
A "Cake and Bake" stall is an easy way to make money at fetes. Asking parents, grandparents, teachers and volunteers to bake cakes and cookies to sell makes the stall inexpensive and easy to set up. Ensure all items are priced clearly.
Baked Bean Bath
The volunteer "victim" sits in a bathtub or paddling pool and waits for visitors to come and buy a can of baked beans to pour over him. Use safety goggles as beans have a high salt content, which can cause stinging to the eyes. This stall usually generates more money if the "victim" is a figure of authority, such as the principal or the church minister. Custard, jelly or creamed rice are alternatives to beans.
Ask volunteers to be a "target" for wet sponges to be thrown at them; they can sit on a chair or in a set of stocks created by painting a large sheet of plywood and cutting out holes big enough for heads and hands. This usually works well with members of staff. Have a bucket filled with cold water and sponges. Visitors pay for a sponge and aim at the "targets," hopefully soaking them through. Provide goggles to prevent eye injuries.
Bucket Coin Drop
Decorate a bucket with Christmas tinsel, fill it with water and hide a quarter at the bottom. Contestants drop a dime in the bucket from a distance to try and land it on the coin hidden in the bucket. Those who manage to land on the coin win a prize or a small sum of money. You can decorate the buckets with brightly colored ribbon for summer or flowers for Easter.
Summer fetes can sell barbecued meats and soda, and winter fetes could offer hot soup and drinks. Themed refreshments suit seasonal events, such as mulled cider at Christmas or bunny-shaped cookies at Easter. Outside caterers will offer their services for a fee, but negotiate costs.
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