MBNA Family Funday returned to the Roodee on Sunday 6 August for its twenty-second consecutive year. Families filled the Open Course as crowds enjoyed an exciting line up of racing, football and family fun sponsored by MBNA.
Seven races entertained the crowds and the afternoon got off to a nail-biting start with a photo finish and Steward’s enquiry in the Caldwell Construction/ EBF Novices Stakes.
Athletes of a different kind battled against each other on the pitch, in the Festival of Football. MBNA, in collaboration with long-standing partners Chester FC and Liverpool FC revived one of the city’s ancient traditions and hosted a six-a-side knock-out junior tournament between races. The junior teams summoned quite the crowd as a huge audience gathered to watch the finals. Liverpool girls battled against themselves and Chester boys played against Liverpool boys in the highlight of the tournament. In the end, Liverpool Girls and Chester Boys were victorious. All teams involved put in an outstanding effort and every player took home either a trophy or medal, showcasing bright futures ahead for many.
Also on the card, performances from Flip Out Chester’s Ninjas, who showcased a thrilling array of moves and entertained the crowds with their stunts on the pitch between games. Alongside the masterful performers, Tyson (Flip Out’s resident dinosaur) roamed the track, even stopping to take a selfie with willing racegoers.
Over 500 young artists worked hard to create a masterpiece to rival Banksy in our Graffiti Competition. Amongst the entries were some fantastic pieces, making for a difficult decision from the judges. After much deliberation, winner Emmi, age 7 from Aintree was announced. Emmi won a party for 15 at Flip Out Chester and will also have her graffiti which creatively featured a unicorn flying over a rainbow, spray painted in real life across the walls at the center. Judges also loved Phoebe, age 10 from Flint’s design so much that they announced a second prize for the competition and Phoebe took home a family pass to Flip Out’s big green trampoline park!
More artists were able to put their creativity to on a giant colouring wall which proved so popular, there was hardly any white space was left as the day drew to a close.
As Sun broke through the clouds in the afternoon even more activities got underway. Flip Out Chester hosted their Total Wipeout, The Toxic Drop, a Bucking Bronco and Football Penalty Shootout competitions, whilst elsewhere, younger racegoers enjoyed Foot Darts, Human Table Football, ‘have a go at Polo’ and had their faces painted.
Adding to the festival atmosphere, local band Yubaba performed premier funk and soul tracks. The seven-piece band got the audience dancing, with younger racegoers taking to the stage for a dance off to a mix of classic funk, soul and reggae. Young dance troupe Razzamataz added to the entertainment as they showed off their dancing skills on the pitch between all of the Football and racing action.
The wealth of activities were collectively brought together by DJ Ben Sheppard who compered throughout the day, adding to the fun and prompting lots of smiles and laughter.
The combination of activities on the day created an indescribable atmosphere, making for unforgettable family experiences.
The next race meeting at Chester is the popular Ladies Day fixture on Saturday 26th August. Badges for the County Long Room have already sold out and prospective racegoers are urged to purchase their tickets before this busy Saturday fixture ahead of raceday. Tickets start at £12 for adults on the Open Course and children under 17 go free with a full paying adult.
For further information and to buy tickets visit www.chester-races.com or call the Box Office on 01244 304610.
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