The Fair is not ‘mass-produced’. The stalls favour local people producing or selling things from many different cultures. Many of the restaurants, rather than just providing a cheap lunch for huge numbers, try to produce something out of the ordinary. For the first Fair, Café Adriatic, now sadly missed, served a tripe stew that has since become legendary.
The Fair cannot happen without the active involvement of a huge number of people. The Committee provides central co-ordination - organising publicity, looking at safety issues, trying to bring some sort of cohesion to the organisation - but *you* are what makes the Fair.
The Fair seems to grow whilst maintaining that very special, unique sense of being ‘local’ – but local in a quite extraordinary way as Mill Road is home to people from all over the world.
The Fair is entirely run by a volunteer Committee of elected members and co-opted members. Last year, volunteers delivered about 10,000 brochures to houses in Romsey, Petersfield and parts of Market wards in Cambridge. Countless more volunteers help with stewarding, organising different events for the day, moving tables, serving refreshments, putting up and taking down signage, designing things, writing things, providing sustenance and all the things that help make the Fair happen.
Each year new and amazing people join the group of organisers with new skills, ideas and talents. We are indebted to *everyone* who makes this Fair such a special event.