THOUSANDS flocked to Wantage recreation ground for the first combined Wantage Carnival and Rock in the Park.
Visitors praised the hard work of teenage volunteers from the Sweatbox youth club who organised local bands for Saturday and Sunday.
The other half of the park was filled with bouncy castles, a climbing wall, reptiles, a tombola and a raffle.
Organisers hope the two-day event has raised thousands of pounds towards new play equipment at the park, but are still adding up the total.
Organiser Ray Collins
Ray Collins staged the first Wantage Carnival in 25 years in the market place last year, but this year merged it with Sweatbox’s annual Rock in the Park to attract more people.
Mr Collins, 44, who manages Peter Ledbury electricals in Grove Street, said: “Merging with Rock in the Park was a great idea. The work ethic of those kids was amazing.”
He estimated about 10,000 people visited over the two days. Visitors were invited to make a £1 donation on entry, but money from the bars, food sales and the funfair will also go towards new play equipment.
• Our top stories:
9:00am Monday 26th January 2015
CITY council tenants’ satisfaction with their homes has plummeted over the past year.
1:59pm Monday 26th January 2015
ONE lane of the London Road, Headington, has been closed after a manhole collapsed.
8:30am Monday 26th January 2015
AN INTREPID missing cat has been found in Bicester, 200 miles from its home.
8:00am Monday 26th January 2015
MORE than 12,000 people turned out for the official opening of the £9m Leys Pools and Leisure Centre at the weekend when fees were waived.
7:00am Monday 26th January 2015
SCHOOLS in Oxfordshire are set to lose out on nearly £450,000 in extra funding.
6:30am Monday 26th January 2015
MORE hospital assessment units look set to be set up to take pressure off struggling A&E departments.