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HIGHFIELD FEST 2018
Highfield Fest Family Fun Day and Island Extreme Scooter Competition
24th June 2018
Over 500 people attended and enjoyed the summer atmosphere and although the England fixture being at 1:00 pm on the same day was a concern, this didn’t have a huge impact and the event stayed busy throughout. Young people were still about later in the day enjoying the park and bounced and slid to their heart's content.
Prudhoe Pathforce provided a treasure hunt; there were clues all around the park and sweets for those trying. Prudhoe Pathforce also launched a survey in conjunction with Prudhoe Town Council for ideas to improve the old well. The survey can be found by clicking on the link below:
Prudhoe Plodders had a mini run and assault course on the field and although it was scorching there were plenty of young and old athletes, prepared to test their mettle. Prudhoe Plodders mini obstacle race timed youngsters crawling under a cargo net, collecting objects and dropping them in hoops, before weaving in and out of cones to the finish flag. All the mini racers were timed and given a certificate and chocolate (of course) with their time so they could keep coming back and trying to beat the clock. Prudhoe Plodders is a new community running club based in Prudhoe and is hoping to start a junior section in July 2018. If you or your child would like to join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Happy Faces tent at Highfield Fest, run by Cllr Angie Scott and her Mum, Dot Dickinson took the most simple of crafty tasks and made it work. They had play dough for the younger visitors and helped others make stress balls from balloons and flour. They had to make several trips to restock as the activity proved so popular. Even County Cllr Gordon Stewart was sent on an errand for flour and balloons! Happy Faces who launched in August 2017 as an inclusive youth group has grown in popularity; they have a weekly session at St. Matthews Hall and a weekly Football Session at Ferndene as well as activities planned throughout the summer. In under a year, they have become registered as a charity, become a member of North East Youth and received recognition in the Projects with Price 2018 awards when Tegan was nominated for a young volunteer of the year award.
Painted Faces by Julie Charlton had a queue all day from 11am until 5pm, Julie has attended every year since the fair began and she loves it.
Mick Scrimshaw from the Prudhoe East Motor Project brought along a kit car that they have built in the workshop. The Prudhoe East Motor Project is looking to secure more funds to build the engine so the car can be driven and they want to launch a motor project for younger juniors.
Island Extreme travelled from the Isle of White very early on Saturday morning to bring the scooter competition to Highfield Park.
Mr Disco Man was also onsite keeping the crowds entertained with music and homemade ‘The Cube’ style games, NBK Leisure provided a rodeo sheep, giant slide, demolition zone, wipe-out, bouncy castle, crazy golf and a toddler zone.
Turner’s Fun Fair brought the ever popular spinning tea-cups and catering van and Mr Whippy Ice Cream had a queue all day long.
The event is completely free of charge for those visiting (excluding food and drinks) and paid for by Prudhoe Town Council who own and manage Highfield Park.