BROMSGROVE’S annual Fairtrade Fayre takes place at the town’s Methodist Centre, Stratford Road, between 10am and 1pm on Saturday (November 14).
A number of traders will be selling various Fairtrade products and Traidcraft goods including items from the Traidcraft Christmas catalogue, silk scarves, hats, bags and other fashion accessories , handmade cards and jams, Zaytoun Palestinian food products and craft gifts from all over the world.
As always visitors will be able to pedal the Green Ape bicycle to make their own fruit smoothie for £1 and guess the weight of the cake to win a hamper of Fairtrade goodies.
Janet King, from Fairtrade Bromsgrove, said: “We are delighted with the response we have from traders wanting to come to the fayre.
“The timing means this is the perfect opportunity to begin Christmas shopping for those special gifts whilst also helping farmers and workers in other countries obtain a fair price for their products.”
In the run-up to the event, youngsters from Meadows First School have been showing off their creative sides, all in the name of Fairtrade.
The children were challenged to design a poster promoting the cause and Bromsgrove as a Fairtrade town.
They came up with plenty of colourful designs, including ones depicting globes, people shaking hands and Fairtrade produce.
Arden Lenihan was awarded first place, second prize went to Joel Robbins and third to Lillian Bromhall.
The winner will be presented with their prize by a special guest tomorrow who will also open the fayre.
The posters will be on display at Bromsgrove Library until 3pm on Friday (November 13).
They will also be on show during the Christmas Fayre tomorrow (Saturday).
On Wednesday (November 11), members of the Fairtrade Bromsgrove steering group, councillors Caroline Spencer and Janet King joined competition organiser Sara Date at Meadows First School to congratulate the winners.
Standard editor Tristan Harris, who judged the contest, said: “It was a fantastic way to bring Fairtrade to life and to get the children thinking about issues surrounding it.
“The standard of entries was incredibly high and choosing the final three was a very difficult task.
“Well done to all involved.”