Opened by the Mayor of Ferndown, Cllr Mrs Cathy Lugg, the Ferndown Fete on the Field attracted over 2,000 people and raised £4,000 for local charities.
Attracting over 2,000 people, Ferndown Fete on the Field was opened by the town mayor Cllr Mrs Cathy Lugg on 24 June and raised £4,000 for local charities.
More that 150 runners sprinted off in the 10k and 5k runs. Winners were: Ian Evans, Hanna Thorpe, Matt Yates and Sarah Jane Quarterman and the oldest competitors were Cliff and Glenys Waters (aged 68).
Three Legged Cross Dog Training Club put on an obedience class and dog owners could match their dog against the best – or pick up a trick or two. There was non-stop music, classic cars and flying displays by Wimborne Model Aero Club.
A petting zoo, fairground rides, Chubby the Magician, and rides on a steam traction model run by David Mallinson were popular with the youngsters.
Excitement built for the inaugural John Thornton Young Achievers (JTYAF) pram race. Nine teams vied in pushing power, fancy dress and the awesomeness of their prams.
First to finish was Lean Green Mean Machine led by ‘Thunderbird’ Richie Puttock. Second was Ferndown Upper School using the trusty mags4dorset’s custom-made pram. Jubilant headteacher Philip Jones said the team would be back next year. Third was Carers UK. Best-dressed team was Kings Park Alternative Sports Club led by Pete Reed who said he would do the race again “in a shot.” The club entered four spectacular Mad Max teams, and were delighted to win the wooden spoon for coming last. Race organiser Linda Thornton from JTYAF joined the fun and, dressed as Wilma, she competed with a Yabba Dabba Doo! The most sporting gesture went to Lean Green Mean Machine, and Jurassic Park were best-dressed runners up.
In the raffle, a wheelbarrow of wine, including magnum of champagne, went to Carol Brown of Wimborne.
Event director, Rotarian George Phillips said, “I would like to thank all of the many sponsors and helpers who made this a success. Not only did everyone have a great time, we also raised £4,000 for local charities. This was a great result and we look forward to seeing you all again on 23 June 2018.”
Ferndown Rotary is for professionals and businessmen who want to put something back into the community.
This post was edited on 30 June 2017 to correct the date of the fete to 24 June.
For more details go to: www.ferndownrotary.co.uk