ORGANISERS are busy preparing for a fundraising beer festival in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).
The CornShed Charity Beer Festival, which is in its fourth year, will take place at Sexhow Park Farm, Hutton Rudby, near Stokesley, on September 3.
The event, run by Judy Kitching MBE, her family and a group of dedicated volunteers, will see a selection of 30 real ales for festival-goers to enjoy, in honour of Mrs Kitching’s 30 years of fundraising.
Punters will be able to try out ales from across the UK, as well as several local tipples and a beer brewed by Middlesbrough brewery Truefitt to commemorate the achievements of Mrs Kitching, aptly named MBEer.
There will also be live entertainment from acts including the Last Anthem, Squealer and Tie Dye Black, as well as food, ciders, perries, wines and soft drinks available at the event which will run from 3pm until midnight.
Mrs Kitching said: “This year, we celebrated the CornShed’s 30th anniversary and our last music festival. We went out on a high and had such great support. We hope lots of people join us in the return of the beer festival.”
More than £240,000 has been raised through the CornShed events which were founded in memory of the organiser’s husband, Jim, who died in a farm accident at the age of 38.
Mrs Kitching said: “It is all down to a lot of hard work from a team of people who give up their time to make it a success. That includes bands, security, technicians and caterers who join together for a good cause.”
GNAAS is currently looking for beer barrel sponsors from businesses and individuals.
Ruth Davey, of GNAAS, said: “Sponsor a beer barrel for £100 and your name will be displayed on the hand pull bar, and in the event brochure, as well as receiving two free tickets for this amazing event.”
Darlington businesses, H Taylor & Sons and i2i Financial Planning Group, are already supporting the charity by sponsoring a barrel each.
Mrs Kitching plans to announce how much was raised at this year’s final CornShed music festival which was held on June 24-25, along with the beer festival total, later in the year.
Tickets are £12.50, which includes a commemorative glass and there will be a cash bar.