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By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 11, 2013

  • Oakamoor Village Festival 2013

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A RAFT race was just one of the many activities that took place at a three-day event in a Staffordshire Moorlands village.

The Oakamoor Village Festival took place over Friday, Saturday and Sunday at a variety of venues in the village including The Lord Nelson, The Willows, the church, The Cricketers and The Valley School.

Highlights for this year's fund-raising event included: a murder mystery evening, steam fayre and hog roast, duck race, flower and produce show, dog show, heritage quiz trail, raft race, concert in the church, scarecrows, face painting, book sales, and much more.

Catherine Doel, a member of the festival organising committee, said: "We had a really good weekend and a lot of money was raised for different charities and organisations.

I know that the school's PTFA alone raised more than £1,000. The First Responder's who hosted a tearooms in the village hall said that they had more people come through the door than before, and the pet show had more than 50 entries in one class alone. The raft race, which had 11 teams take part, was a very popular event and it was won by a team called 'Marge the Barge'."

Catherine added: "Our village festival is very much a community event with everyone in the village pulling together.

"The lady who ran the treasure hunt and photo competition told me that she is very proud of her fellow villagers after this weekend's festival. We would like to thank everyone who supported the weekend. We will be doing it again next year as it brings everyone out."

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