9th Abingdon Air & Country Show 2008 News Release

9th Abingdon Air & Country Show 2008(in support of Thames Valley Air Ambulance) News Release

A short overview
The above show is an established Charity event held on Abingdon Airfield (Dalton Barracks) in Oxfordshire on the early Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

It is organised on a volunteer basis, by a small group known as the "Abingdon Air and Country Show Committee" and it takes approximately eight months to organise, in the spare time allowing.

The first small trial 'Fete' took place in 2000 to which financially we just broke even. But since this very small event the show has gradually built up to the point now whereby it is an established community event, which has gained a good reputation for being an all round family day out.

On the aviation scene, this includes Static Aircraft aswell as an afternoon Flying Display of around 3.5 hours duration, both of which contains Military and Civilian aircraft and since 2005, we have had International support from the Polish Navy and United States Army.

On the ground, attractions include a Main Arena with varying acts, Kids Amusements,an array of Vintage & Classical Vehicles & Motorbikes (includes various Motor Clubs), Live Music ie: Brass Band, Steam Machinery both static engines & minature Traction engines, Trade Stalls, a Crafts Marquee, Tank rides on the army rough terrain course and much more to offer.

The public have steadily grown attending each event, about 500 people came to the first small event back in 2000, to around 9,000 people in 2007. We expect this number to again increase in 2008 as the show is now one of the main highlights in the community calendar aswell as attracting public from further afield and abroad.

Advertising grows each year with the event being put in the local papers & TV, on websites and local radio with posters also being handed out at events and being sent. One example is in 2007 the Oxford Mail, The Courier and the Herald series of newspapers gave a great pull out supplement prior to the show and Radio Oxford were onsite to give live broadcasts, which included interviewing Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson and our guest of honour who opened the show, World Record breaker Polly Vacher MBE who flew around the world solo in record time.

"Word of Mouth" is the best form of advertising and greatly assists us in raising money for our chosen registered charity.. We have a Publicity Stall to which we take to a handful of events around the region during the year to not only raise vital funds but to also promote the profile of the show.

We actively encourage and approach local Companies to assist us with our objectives and provide a first class event. In return for support and Sponsorship we actively promote and publicise companies , both in our publicity material and at the event.

It is a sad fact that each year, our overheads to run the event are on the increase and to give you an idea of the sort of costs involved,the Public Liability Insurance that we require (as stated by the Ministry of Defence for Ten Million pound coverage) was £300.00 at our first event back in July 2000, - in 2006 this rose to a staggering £3,412.00 and is set to rise again in 2008 and that's just one item!

Unfortunately, to have Air Displays, Arena Displays and to hire in the nessecary equipment to make the show work, it is a fact they cost and we have to find the funds , so any financial Sponsorship is always welcome.

This could be in the form of sponsoring an Air display or Ground exhibit ie; an Arena Display or simply supplying equipment for free via the means of sponsorship (which is of course suitably emblazoned with the company publicity)..

The registered Charity we had supported until 2006 was the Helen / Douglas House Respite Centres in Oxford which specialises in the caring of terminally ill young children & adults. From the last five events, we have raised over £14,000 for the Helen / Douglas House Respite Centre in Oxford.

For 2007 and 2008, we have decided to support the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Service, another worthwhile cause. Advance tickets are now available to order from www.abingdonfayre.com/tickets/php

Neil Porter – Event Co-ordinator: 07756 258892 / Email: neilsevent@aol.com

Andy Porter –Trade Stalls: 01235 529142

Colin Smith – PR & Sponsorship: 01235 812290 / Email: smithoag@aol.com

Sue Porter – Crafts Manager: 01235 529142

Brian Davis – ex Military Vehicles / Steam Machinery / Motorbikes: 07789 654204 Email: zen98158@zen.co.uk

Adrian Gleed – General Vintage Vehicles (including Clubs): 07840 503047

Malcolm Ashby – Arena Demonstrations: malcolm.ashby@uk.bp.com / 07759 076307

Official Website Address: www.abingdonfayre.com

General Enquiries an be made to: neilsevent@aol.com

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