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Olympic summer fair brings thousands to museum

A museum in Lincoln held a vintage summer carnival on Tuesday to celebrate the Olympics.

The Olympic Summer Festival, which was held at the Museum Of Lincolnshire Life, attracted over 6,700 visitors and was their most popular event of this year.

A vintage village green was created inside the museum and attractions included hook-a-duck, hoopla, craft tables and a traditional sweet shop.

Visitors’ futures were predicted by a fortune-teller using tealeaves and zodiac cards, while a Weird Old Stuff Quiz encourages visitors to name the uses of century-old tools also drew contestants.

The festival was the last event of Lincolnshire Museum’s Summer Challenge, in which school children were tested to visit three of Lincoln’s heritage sites during the summer holidays to win ‘gold’ medals.

With visitors let in for free, the event was so popular during the day that they briefly ran out of children’s hoopla prizes.

Event organiser Theresa Workman said: “I definitely got sucked in to the vintage feel of the Queen’s jubilee and the Olympics this year, so I thought this was a perfect summer event.

“I’m so pleased that we have hit the right note and so many people have turned out and supported us. I think the wave of optimism and patriotism caused by the Olympics has got a lot of running time yet.”