Countdown to festival fun in neighbourhood

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The countdown has begun for one of Sheffield’s biggest community events - with less than a week to go.

Community groups are making final preparations for the fifth annual Lowedges Festival, taking place on Sunday, August 11, between 12noon and 5pm in Greenhill Park, Lowedges.

Stephen Rich, of Greenhill Bradway Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, which organises the event with the Friends of Greenhill Park, said: “We are hoping to be as busy as in recent years when we attracted crowds of up to 11,000.

“From year one, the festival has been a great success and each year it’s improved and has acts and stallholders visiting from as far as Birmingham, Liverpool and Burnley.

“We have five arenas with events and entertainment - three are for the dog show, a fourth hosts medieval re-enactment and living history, while the fifth arena is for music, dance and falconry.”

He added: “There will also be the classic vehicles section, sponsored by The Star, with over 250 gleaming vehicles booked in.

“This year, the Co-op has sponsored the free dodgem cars at the funfair area, while South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has paid for a free climbing wall.

“Sheffield Wednesday is providing free football skills training and a visit from Ozzie Owl.”

Other attractions include a biking area, farmers’ market, car boot sale, bouncy castle, displays from Sheffield Fire and Police Museum, slides, donkey rides and a steam train. Organ grinders will be making music, and youngsters can have their faces painted.