THE search is on for a princess to accompany carnival queen Sami Wooldridge at this year's Barnstaple carnival - and the North Devon Gazette has teamed up with organisers to help select a special girl to fulfil the special role and go on to become carniva

THE search is on for a princess to accompany carnival queen Sami Wooldridge at this year's Barnstaple carnival - and the North Devon Gazette has teamed up with organisers to help select a special girl to fulfil the special role and go on to become carnival queen herself in 2009! The competition is open to all girls aged between 14 and 16 from the Barnstaple area, and all that would-be-queens have to do to be in with a chance of stealing the limelight on a day to remember on September 20, is fill in the entry form, available in this week's Gazette or downloadable below. Carnival organisers have pulled out all the stops this year to put together a fantastic package of prizes for this year's lucky girl. The winning princess, will receive an off-the-peg dress to wear on the day from Joy Street boutique Gems; professional hair styling by High Street styling wizards, Tony & Guy; as well as £50 prize money. AND, they'll be guaranteed similar prizes in 2009 when they go on to become carnival queen themselves!Just tell us in no more than 50 words why you'd like to be carnival princess this year. Enclose a photo of yourself, ask a parent or guardian to sign the form and return it to the North Devon Gazette Carnival Princess Competition, Unit 3, Old Station Road, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX32 8PB no later than Wednesday, July 23. When all the entries are received, they will be posted on the Barnstaple Carnival website at www.barnstaplecarnival.com where it will then be up to members of the public to vote for their winner.Barnstaple's carnival committee has now found a float and vehicle courtesy of Pottington-based Devonshire Motors - and with co-sponsors St John's Garden Centre also on board, this year's carnival royalty can expect to lead the procession through town in stunning style! Carnival queen Sami, 15, a student at Park School - a baby carnival princess when she was just five years old - said she was really looking forward to seeing who was going to accompany her as princess this year."If there are any girls thinking of giving it a go, I'd say 'go for it!'," she said. "Get your entry form in and give it a go. You could be in with a chance of being part of a great day and you'll hopefully have some great memories to look back on."I entered the competition last year and am really looking forward to representing the town again on carnival day. "I was born in Barnstaple and can't remember one that I've missed. "I've always watched the carnival queens over the years and thought how great it would be to be involved and be part of it.