THOUSANDS of people are set to flock to Rushton Spencer on August Bank Holiday weekend, all for charity and fun, when the annual Triplefest once again unfolds on to the lush green fields on the Cheshire/Staffordshire border.
The 2014 Triplefest will be held at its usual venue on a small working farm, on the A523 between Leek and Macclesfield.
"The event will feature three days of action-packed entertainment and family fun, beginning on Saturday and running until Monday.
All the proceeds go to charity, with the event raising over £225,000 for local and national charitable causes over the past 21 years.
Volunteers at Triplefest have been working hard to make sure everything goes smoothly on the weekend. All visitors have to do is turn up, enjoy the spectacle and sample a real slice of festival life.
The Big Tent Event kicks everything off at 7.30pm on Saturday, 23rd August, and will feature world class entertainers and TV artists, ensuring a comic night that is not to be missed.
"The acts are never disclosed before the day but past performers have included Syd Little, The Grumbleweeds and Stu 'crush a grape' Francis . Who will be performing this year?
On Sunday, 24th August, 2pm-11pm Welly Fest is back! One of the area's largest music and beer festivals presents more than seven hours of live music, featuring eight bands and over 40 beers and ciders, along with numerous other activities such as a five-a-side football tournament and tug-o-war. With a range of live music to entertain all ages, from rock to reggae, Irish to Indie, there is something for everyone.
Finally the weekend concludes with the Country Fayre on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th August.
Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the Country Fayre features a huge range of attractions including its first ever Donkey Derby, market stalls, animals, car boot sale, country crafts, classic cars, and country pursuits. Running from 11am to 5pm it's the perfect way to spend a fun filled day with the whole family.
The Beer Festival, provided by Wincle Brewery, will run across the whole weekend, offering a wide variety of both dark and pale ales, along with fruitful perries and ciders.
Of course, there will be lots more drinks available if beer is not your thing! Similarly, there are a number of food options, with a BBQ on Saturday, addition of a curry stall on Sunday, and multiple food outlets on Monday.
With a full schedule of activities throughout the weekend, there's bound to be something to keep all the family entertained.
Free camping and parking are available. Have a look at www.triplefest.co.uk for more information.
Tickets: Advance tickets are available from the Triplefest website www.triplefest.co.uk.
Weekend general admission (16-plus) £22.50, Weekend OAP and 12-15 year olds £10, 11 and under are free but must be accompanied by a guardian who is over 18.
Get your tickets from www.triplefest.co.uk. Single day tickets are also available. A great value event for great charities!
The Country Fayre was started in August 1993 as a small fund-raiser to help keep the small local primary school open.
The first event featured a car boot sale, craft stalls and a BBQ, and also had baby calves on display plus a milking demonstration.
It was very successful and raised £700 for school funds.
Because of its success organisers were asked if they would hold another the following year.
Again it doubled its fund raising and doubled again the following year.
In 1997 the Country Fayre was getting so popular that the organisers had to bring in other charities to help run the event and split the money raised between them all, which is where we are still to this day.
Nowadays it has grown into a three day event under the new name of 'Triplefest', which is also the Staffordshire Moorlands' biggest beer festival. Organisers are proud to say that the local village school is still open and now thriving, and lots of major and smaller charities have benefited from the proceeds raised.
It is also a great community get-together as lots of local volunteers are needed to help run the day. Funds raised are divided between the following charities - Midlands Air Ambulance, RHSA (Rushton Home School Association), Cancer Research UK, the Donna Louise Hospice Trust and East Cheshire Hospice.