Excitement mounts as Combe Martin Carnival approaches
THE biggest event in the Combe Martin calendar - the popular Combe Martin Carnival - starts on Saturday, August 8. The opening event at Hollands Park, is Wacky Races, including the Junior Wheelbarrow Race.. The Carnival Queen and her attendants will a
THE biggest event in the Combe Martin calendar - the popular Combe Martin Carnival - starts on Saturday, August 8.
The opening event at Hollands Park, is Wacky Races, including the Junior Wheelbarrow Race.. The Carnival Queen and her attendants will also be officially crowned as part of the afternoon celebrations.
Then in the evening, music lovers are in for a treat with 'Music in the Marquee'. This free ticketed event will see a variety of talented artists performing for the crowds, including local sensation Amy Newton and Katy Shotter, who last year supported Beyonce on tour.
On Sunday, something not to miss is the Raft and Dinghy Races. Starting from 6.30pm. Local people and visitors can watch the spectacular sight at the beach, with home-made efforts braving the waters of Combe Martin Bay.
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Another highlight of the week is the Carnival Parade on Wednesday, August 12, which starts from 7.30pm at the top of the village (Holdstone Way) and ends near the beach. As well as a variety of floats and walkers taking part, there will be some other surprises along the way.
On Friday, August 14, the adult Wheelbarrow Parade and Race takes place. The event once again starts from the top of the village, with individuals and teams showing off their unrivalled imagination with this year's creations. The event then ends on the beach, where the annual fireworks display brings the carnival to a close.
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Committee chairman, Rob Schofield, said: "We hope this year's Combe Martin Carnival will be an unforgettable experience, not only for local families, but also for our visitors. A lot of effort has gone into the preparations - with bunting and flags ready to decorate homes and businesses, and entrants putting the final touches to their rafts, floats and wheelbarrows. Therefore I hope the crowds will come out over the week to show their support, and help build on the fantastic vibe that's running through the community."
And with just days until the carnival begins, organisers are reminding people that there is still time to play a key role in the celebrations. Individuals and teams can enter any of the parades and races, with points, trophies and prizes being given in various categories. Entry forms will be available on the day of the events at the sign-in desks around the village. The forms are also available in advance from the Top Garage, Post Office, Sue's, the Tourist Information Centre and Galleon Gifts, as well as online at www.combemartincarnival.com