With beer and music, an Oktoberfest event opens your
fundraising up to everyone in your local community and makes a
great start to the new school year!
Rob Bloomfield, former PTA Chair of Acle Academy,
Norfolk (619 pupils): 'Last year we held our first
'Oktoberfest'. We arranged for five local bands to play for 45
minutes on the stage in the school hall. We also had student bands
on a makeshift stage in the bar area to fill in the gaps between
the headline acts. This meant that we had five hours of non-stop
music! The doors opened at 5.30pm, the first band started at 6pm
and the last one finished at 11pm. The bar was run by committee
members and featured five local beers, two local ciders and a
selection of lagers. Off to the side of the hall was a secure
outside area where the BBQ was in constant use. Next to the BBQ was
a tuck shop selling soft drinks and sweets. We also had face
painting, hair braiding and jewellery making. We were blessed with
unseasonably warm weather, so the villagers came out in their
dozens. We sold 150 tickets prior to the evening through local
shops, together with another 250 on the night. The crowds created a
fantastic atmosphere and it turned out to be a successful night.
The PTA would have been happy to break even, but in the end we
raised just short of £3,000! We are now planning this year's event
and hoping it will be just as successful, as there is always
something to buy for a busy school.'
If you plan to serve alcohol at your event, find
out about the licensing requirements.
If you plan to play music at your
event, find our about the licensing requirements.
You might also find our step-by-step
guide to running a music festival useful.
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