CarFest 2017 – Part 2 – Fancy Dress and the Sunset

Saturday and Sunday is much to the likeness of Friday, the racing is not the focal point of the day. There aren't many race meetings you know that have a 2.5km and 5km Fun Run before proceedings began! As we were on post it was only right to encourage everyone along and give out high fives where necessary.

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Whilst Saturday was the same, Sunday was slightly different as I had a change of location. I was moved from the main public area to near Bolesworth Castle itself on the return run back to the paddock. No spectators are around this area and I found myself on my own, meaning I needed to entertain myself. To do this I danced around and waved to all the drivers and passengers in every car driving past, hopefully making their day!

IMG_5718.JPGWe also stepped up our fundraising efforts as well. The buckets continued to bring in money at the crossing points. However, it was a marshals raffle organised by Caroline and Mike Morris which brought in a large amount of money, all of which went to charity. At the gigs, dressing up as a Minion and Baymax, also attracted a lot of attention and when people wanted pictures with them they added money to the buckets. Some people wanted to try on overalls and have pictures with us; I never did find the pictures with the women who got a picture in overalls!

The efforts of the marshals was officially counted up and the total that came back was staggering. The Orange Army managed to raise a total of £1770.07 and that is from the generosity of the general public who got into the spirit of the event.

Whilst I have briefly mention there was music, I haven't touched on it enough. Yes the event may be called CarFest and the attraction of the cars is huge, but the festival in the evening is equally as important.

IMG_5752.JPGImagine combining the F1 and Glastonbury into one location and one weekend; it would be an amazing sight to behold. Well CarFest is like that. Although not quite on that scale yet, the music is still big and attracts some huge names. I never thought I would watch; Kaiser Chiefs, Mel C, Rick Astley, Happy Mondays, Seasick Steve, Texas and more, all in the same weekend, but the variety worked perfectly. There was something for everyone.

The music gets your dancing shoes on, like we hadn't already done enough dancing over the weekend! We got our dancing shoes on once again and boogied into the night, another reason why this event is something you need to get yourself too.

20615352_10155475722440053_80265093_o.jpgThere is plenty to explore at CarFest and these blogs just can't describe enough, just how fantastic an event it is for you to be a part of, whether as a volunteer or a spectator. It is certainly one that I would like to do again, in fact it is already pencilled in for next year and I would like to say a bigger "thank you" to everyone who made the weekend so special and I mean everyone, even you reading this.

IMG_5997.JPGIf you are interested in becoming a marshal after seeing the activities they get up to, be sure to check out other articles on this site and if you are sold by it, then click here, to find your nearest taster day!

Written By – Robert Lee (@RobLee559 – Twitter/Instagram)

 

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