Hartland Carnival 2018

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The Hartland Carnival committee would like to thank everyone involved with this year’s Carnival. There was an army of people involved in hosting the Carnival Week’s activities as well as the Grand Procession on the Saturday night. They all know who they are! Thank you. The Carnival Queen and her attendants led the procession, followed by participants walking or on floats. They all provided a magnificent display despite the really disappointing weather.

The standard of entries in Hartland Carnival was magnificently high, as always. The pictures tell the story. There were nineteen walking entries, which included many large groups, and fifteen floats as well as three entries in the Animal category. We had six marching groups and visiting royalty, along with many others who made the effort to dress up but did not enter for judging.

Themes included fairy tales and nursery rhymes, television programmes and films, topical subjects such as pollution and politics and many more. A full list of results is published on the website, together with all the photographs.

Yemeya – The African Goddess & Sea Creatures won the Best Overall Walker (Blue Riband) as well as being judged Most Entertaining Walkers. The Best Children’s Walking Entry was won by Dennis the Menace, (James Leonard).

The Most Outstanding Float and winner of the Blue Riband was Four & Twenty Blackbirds which was also the Best Local Tableau. The Most Entertaining Float was Bradworthy Committee’s The Greatest Showman.

All our judges, including visitors from far and wide, did a sterling job in spite of the deluge, which made things extremely difficult for them. Hopps, Chapple and Yolanda from the Voice helped with judging for the Walkers this year, so thanks to them for coming. In addition, we provided attractions in the square, including fairground rides, food and other stalls, with free entertainment and displays including Hartland Town Band and Samba Bands.

Of course this annual event could not take place without the support of our sponsors, who continue to support us every year and are listed on the website www.hartlandcarnival.com.

Nick Smith