Hosting a fair can be a big job. There are lots of moving parts and elements to consider. But never fear, we’ve got you covered. Here are some things to include when planning your fair, big or small.
If you’re hosting a fair outside, a big, flat area is best. This will make it much easier to set up Tents, Concessions, Seating, and Games. Parking lots or playgrounds at churches and schools are great options, especially if they’re part of the event. If the event is inside, gymnasiums or banquet halls are great options. You’ll be a bit more limited on activities, however.
Also, unless you’re planning on bringing in Portable Toilets, keep the distance to the bathroom from the festivities in mind! Make sure there are plenty of trash bins around to cut down on the after-party cleanup.
Food and Drink
Fairs are known for their spread of junk food, so embrace it! Corn dogs, pretzels, funnel cakes, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, and ice cream are all fair staples. Give yourself a break and hire a Concessions company to come in and take care of it for you!
Games, Rides, and Activities
Who doesn’t have a memory of winning a giant stuffed animal at a fair? Show your guests a good time with classic Carnival Games like ball tosses, dart throws, pick-a-duck, bean bag tosses, and more. You can easily create the games yourself or bring in the pros for that authentic experience.
If you have the space and budget, why not have some rides? Add some Inflatables like bounce houses and obstacle courses, or rock climbing walls and bungee jumps to keep your guests thrilled all day and night! Or set up a Trackless Train and let the kids go on a ride that winds through the fair.
Next, a Face Painting station is always a winner. Transform your guests into tigers, fairies, super heroes, dragons…anything they can imagine!
As your guests walk around the fair, have some special guests for them to run into. Strolling Magicians can wow them with up-close-and-personal magic tricks, while Clowns can keep the crowd laughing. Balloon Twisters can whip up creations in seconds for a fun souvenir. Take the entertainment to the next level with Stilt Walkers or Jugglers (or a combination of both!).
Fairs are an exciting way to bring entertainment to your friends, family, or community. It can take some work, but will be worth it in the end. The most important thing is to have fun!