The title of “Nanjing’s Most Popular Expat Event” was seized Saturday by The British School of Nanjing (BSN), when staggering numbers of people turned out for the school’s annual summer fair, on a perfect, pollution-free, spring day, that also saw a five-figure donation to charity.
Being very, well, British, the school regularly host events such as its Bonfire Night each November, while its summer fair has also become a-now-annual Nanjing tradition amongst the international community, comprising family fun and entertainment, food and drink, live music and little contests of all kinds that help while away a splendid day in good company.
With stalls taken (free of charge) by a eclectic array of vendors, including Thai massage, Indian tattoos, slime, flowers (for those last-minute Mother’s Day gifts), scented candles, children’s books, travel agents, doctors, real estate and removals, and all kinds of hospitality. Even this lowly publication had a table, complete with local magician, Mario, showing off delightful sleight-of-hand card tricks to the assembled throngs.
Elsewhere, in the “Great BSN Bake Off”, parents and children entered over 30 home-made cakes in three separate categories; Primary School, Senior School and Adults. After being sampled by the judges, who included “Master Chef Italy” finalist Fe Fiochetti, cake left overs were sold off to fair visitors, again all for a good cause.
Yet, the real fun of the fair was to be had with the many games taking place both inside and outside in the glorious sunshine, including, guess the name of the teddy bear (Mr. Bunny Tail), the number of balloons in the principal’s car (185), or the weight of Biscuit the rabbit (3.4kg).
In The Valley, BSN’s large, wooded area dedicated to outdoor learning, there was also the chance to get some golf practice in, while last but not least, there was that hit with the adults; win a bottle of water… or wine, and every schoolchild’s favourite that is Soak the Teacher!
All in all, 1,642 visitors attended the 2019 BSN Summer Fair, a number far exceeding any in previous years. The school topped off all the monies raised by the various stalls and games to make a donation of ¥10,000, split evenly between the charities, Hopeful Hearts and the Pfrang Association.
A final, special mention, is deserved by one young BSN student, Oliver Peralta, who raised an additional ¥1,700 by selling “Panda Pops”, with the funds going to Panda Conservation.