The cost to put on Party in the Park is significant – this year is has cost just over £6000!
The biggest expense in organising Creech Party in the Park is the Afterdark event. This year we have 2 bands – 11 piece pop and funk band Groove-a-licious (who entertained us in 2014), plus guitar duo Levi and the Bean as support act. We also have to book the DJ for the kids disco.
We wanted to put on a bigger and better daytime event this year and provide as much as possible free of charge (or heavily subsidised). So this year you can enjoy the following all free:
- Reptile handling with Kingston’s Exotics
- Science shows and workshops with Fizz Pop Science
- Professor Bumble – balloon animals and circus skills
- Minions with A & G Mascots
- Beach Bums Playbus – soft play, Karaoke and game consoles
- Gladiator Jousting
There is other free stuff going on too, such as junk modelling and puppet shows, however the above have all been paid for with PIP funds.
We have also subsidised the Laser Clay Shooting with Exeter Segways (adults only) so this will only cost £3 and the price for Bungee Trampolines with Octopus Events will also be capped to £3.
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There is a long list of equipment and services we HAVE to have to run the event, which all cost. For example:
- Generators, lighting, electrics
- Professional evening security
- Portable toilets
- Licence fee for event and raffle tickets
- PA Equipment
- Emptying of septic tank
There is of course a whole load of little purchases that all add up, including things like: printing posters/flyers/banners, wristband tickets, zip ties, spray paint (to mark out pitches), cleaning products, bin bags, trophies, domain registration – and much more!
How do we fund it all?
We're Eco have supported us every year
Raffle table in 2015
Baptist Church lend us tables and chairs each year
Gillards Transport have supported us since 2014
Straw bales courtesy of David House of Tetton Farm
Lorry stage courtesy of Gillards Transport
The bulk of our income is from the sale of tickets. We keep the Afterdark tickets as cheap as possible as we want everyone to be able to afford to come.
The next biggest cash generator is the profit the bar makes – this is never guaranteed though so in the event of bad weather this could wipe out any profit. This is why we ask you to NOT bring in your own drinks – the bar is cheap (£2.50 a double and £10 for a bottle of Prosecco this year – bargain!) – so please use it to support PIP to run in the future.
Our raffle also brings in some cash for us and we want to once again thank all of our kind donations from local businesses that enable us to offer some great prizes. This year the prizes total nearly £1300 so please buy a ticket or two off the yellow army of volunteers! Top Prize is a Vitamix worth £400, then a hot air baloon ride for 2, followed by £100 cash. Check out our sponsorship page for the full list of prizes.
Many businesses have also given us free or discounted services – which again makes a huge difference to our finances – please look at the full supporters list to see who has helped this year.
We also get pitch fee money from all the stallholders and food providers.
In addition to all the above we have some very committed and talented volunteers who have skills in project management, IT, web, design, finance and lots more that really helps when running our event – thank you team!
We hope you will support our event this year and ensure it happens next year by buying a raffle ticket, using the bar and most importantly happy a good time!