Fairs and festivals are exciting events that build community and provide a safe place for families and people of all ages to have a good time. Controlling access is an important step for safety and protecting revenue. Most fairs charge admission, so using wristbands to identify patrons who have paid admission and are authorised to be on the fair grounds is a good idea.
Often there are special events, concerts, rodeos, or shows that are scheduled within the duration of the fair or festival. These usually have a separate ticket price so it's especially critical to identify paid patrons. Wristbands can be used for general admission or to identify VIPs, staff, volunteers, performers, or other special groups of guests. Because wristbands are brightly coloured and highly visible, it makes it easy for staff to quickly identify authorised persons and remove anyone who isn't permitted.
A common practice for fairs with amusement rides is to use wristbands as a pass for "Unlimited Rides" or an "All Day Pass" for the weekdays, which typically have lower attendance. Patrons can purchase the wristbands instead of tickets for each ride. Then ride operators are able to easily identify patrons with unlimited rides access. Plus, wristbands from PDC are non-transferable so a patron can't transfer the pass to another person. Our Tyvek wristbands feature unique tamper cuts at the adhesive closure that cause the wristbands to shred when they are removed. Our plastic wristbands are so strong that you need scissors to remove them.
Will alcohol be served at your event? If you answered yes, consider speeding up service and guest satisfaction by using wristbands for over 21 age identification. Your staff can check guest ID once and then apply a wristband to only those who are of legal age to drink. Then your servers can quickly identify who they can serve without rechecking ID each time. PDC offers pre-printed wristbands with the words "Over 21" which can be applied to your guests after checking ID. Check out our plastic Over 21 wristbands or our Tyvek Over 21 wristbands.
Custom printing your festival wristbands offers some attractive benefits. The first is that having a one-of-a-kind wristband helps prevent counterfeits and the risk of gate crashers purchasing stock wristbands somewhere else to gain access to your festival. The second benefit is promoting your festival's brand. You can print your logo, tagline, event dates, and even sponsors' logos on the wristbands. By negotiating sponsorship, you can even cover the entire cost of your wristband program! Plus, custom printing really only costs a few cents more per wristband. It really is one of the cheapest ways to promote your event and increase security.
Many fairs or festivals choose to use different coloured wristbands for colour coding. Colour coding can be used to indicate different levels of access, such as VIPs, all-day access, special event access, etc. Wristbands colours can also be used to indicate different event dates or days. For example, using blue wristbands for the first day of the fair and orange wristbands for the second day.
Serial numbered wristbands are great for raffles. All of our Tyvek wristbands are pre-numbered. Custom serial numbering is available on all other wristbands. Custom serial numbering of your event wristbands can also aid in accounting and tracking fair attendance. Check out our Securmatch wristbands which have serial numbers on the wristband, plus a matching pull-off tab. They can also be used for claim check applications.