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Win VIP all-day ride wristbands to Mop Fair

The new ride at Stratford Mop, The King.
The new ride at Stratford Mop, The King.

ROLL up, roll up, all the fun of the fair returns to Stratford Town Centre for the annual Mop Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday next week (11 and 12). Among the favourite rides, including the Dodgems, Twister, Dominator and Waltzer, this year will also see the arrival of a brand new ride, The King!

The King sends 16 riders over the top completing a full 360 loop while leaving passengers with incredible weightless sensations and a G-force experience, reaching heights of approximately 24 metres. The King will be making its Midlands debut after purchasing the latest thrill ride from the continent, the first and only of its kind in the UK.

There will also be rides for the little ones including Fun Houses, Mirror Mazes, Ghost Trains and more, as well as games where you can try your luck to win a prize. Also why not treat yourself to a bite to eat from hot dogs, burgers, candy floss and the infamous Mop Rock!

The Mop opens at 3pm on the 11 and 11am on the 12, which will be officially opened by the town mayor, followed by the traditional pig roast. Give the Wilson’s Facebook page a like with more information as well as a chance to win some free ride tickets by searching for Bob Wilson’s Fun Fairs.

Stratford Mop Fair brings the streets in the town centre to life for two days each October with rides, stalls and all the sweets and treats associated with the travelling fairground. The Mop traces its history back several centuries as a hiring fair for agricultural workers.

Workers sought employment for the year ahead and were paid a token wage by their new employer. They were then given a trial period lasting until the Runaway Mop, where they had the option to continue or seek a new employer.

Many traditions are maintained including the official opening ceremony which takes place at 11am on Wednesday, 12 October. This includes a reading of the historic charter by the Mayor of Stratford and the fair being officially opened by the Chairman of Stratford District Council.

Following the opening the traditional pig roast is hosted, with a charity auction held for the first slice of meat. The auction proceeds and sale of pork batches on the day will raise funds for the Stratford Scouts.

The fun of the fair returns to Stratford for the Runaway Mop Fair on the 20 and 21 October.

The Herald has teamed up with Bob Wilson Funfairs this week to offer two lucky readers a VIP rides wristband for themselves and a friend plus free candyfloss! The wristband allows unlimited rides for one of the two days.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these wristbands, just answer the following simple question, taken from the text:

What is the name of the new ride at the Mop Fair in Stratford this year?

Enter the competition by sending your answer, along with your name and phone number, to: achalmers@stratford-herald.com. Please put 'MOP COMP' in the subject line.

Entries should arrive by 9am on Monday, 10 October and winners will be notified by close of play on Monday. The editor’s decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into.

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