Get ready for the grand donkey derby
AN EVENT dubbed ‘more exciting than the Grand National and the Olympics rolled together’ is all set to ride into Bucks this weekend.
On Saturday the 17th annual Beaconsfield Donkey Derby comes to town and this year sees the introduction of an Olympic theme.
An Olympic torch parade opening ceremony will begin the racing along with Olympics inspired sports challenges and organisers say it will be a great day out for all the family.
It will be held at St Mary and All Saints School, Maxwell Road from noon until 3.30pm.
Entry costs £2.00 which includes a race programme and children go free.
The star attraction, donkey racing with Tote Betting, will feature seven races with seven donkeys which take place at half hour intervals, starting at 12.30, with donkeys ridden bareback by jockettes.
The special Olympic sports challenges for 2016 include long jump, netball, golf, playball, tug of war, Wimbledon tennis warmup and Wycombe Wanderers football.
Fun attractions for children include inflatable bouncy castles, Stagecoach dance lessons, a find the donkey competition, a donkey hunt, a fire engine, a tombola and raffle and community first response.
There will also be lots of side shows, stalls and other attractions for children of all ages, including hook-aduck, roll the dice, lucky cups, play your cards right, nails and tattoos, donkey pat, donkey splash, donkey snap, strong man striker, target practice, henna hand painting and the queens nose.
Food and refreshments will consist of a barbecue with a bar tent selling beers, lagers and Pimms. A tuck stall and cake stall will provide snacks and there will be a tea and coffe and soft drinks stalls.
The event is organised jointly by St Mary and All Saints School PTA and the Beaconsfield Lions Club and is sponsored by local businesses and Hamptons International.
All Proceeds are in aid of St Mary and All Saints School, Beaconsfield Lions Club and local charities.
Contact Beaconsfield Lions Ian Andrew on 01494 673 312 andrewic@msn. com or Tom Aspinall on 01494 673106 aspinall@ gotadsl.co.uk for more information.