Great Carnival again this year in Delabole and the weather was kind to us.
Lots of people watching from the roadsides and the procession entrant were superb with lots of original ideas.
Delabole Carnival Procession on Saturday 21st July 2018 at Pengelly and Medrose
Final bits of information before this year’s Delabole Carnival Week kicks off on Saturday 14th July 2018
You will see the programme of events in the July Delabole Slate, and by the link below,hopefully there will be something there that everyone can find to enjoy. Alongside our regular events, you will see the return of the Delabole Carnival Motorbike Ride and, a first for this year, Carnival Big Breakfast served in the marquee! Some of you may be sad to see the demise of the Carnival Beer Glass, but it has been replaced this year by a plastic commemorative festival type glass which you will be able to use on the night, and we have struggled in recent years to sell the glass glasses. Also new for this year for adults – at your first visit you may be asked for identification to prove you are over 18, once this is confirmed you will be given a festival band – nobody will be served at the bar unless they are wearing one of these bands. Elaine has been testing them and assures us you can wash/shower and do everything you would normally do and they will last a week!
Decorated Window competition
Don’t forget that this year’s competition will not be Scarecrows, but will be a Decorated Window competition. As this is completely new for us, we will keep it simple and just have two classes – Residential or Business. We may decide to split them up a little when we see what entries come in. So you have a blank canvas (or window!) to work with J – all we ask is that judges can easily see the window without going round the backs of properties etc. It can be artistic, funny, floral – see what you can come up with. The entry form is in the July “Delabole Slate”.
As always, we are asking for your help as well. From the Friday afternoon on 13th July right through to Sunday 22nd July WE NEED YOU! Rotas will shortly be out for event door stewards, marquee door guards for when there are no events running, night time guards, procession marshalls, tuck shop volunteers, bar staff, table clearers… and so on. The first Friday is a busy night when the marquee has to be kitted out ready for opening night so all help will be welcome, as is the Sunday when we know the whole village wants to sleep off the tiring week, but the marquee has to be emptied so that it can be dismantled by the marquee company (but no children on these two days please due to safety risks). We also still have a vacancy for the Delabole Carnival Secretary – why not come forward to help out through the week this year and see if you want to get more involved?
And, finally, the Carnival! We have had a reputation for being the best village carnival in Cornwall – let’s put Delabole back on the map again this year with a carnival procession that is second to none! Walkers, floats, tractors, cars, lorries, prams, horses – you name it and we will find a class for it! You don’t have to spend a fortune, we have had some spectacular entries which have been all home made, and the charity shop is great for outfits and material. We also have the Scrapstore card which is kept at the flower shop – the store is in St Austell and you can go along and collect all sorts of bits and pieces for free! Entry forms and class lists are in the July Delabole Slate newsletter and you can enter the carnival any time after 1st July at the Flowers from Bruallen shop. Entry forms and class list are in the July Slate.
The B3314 will be closed through Delabole from 6.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. on Saturday 21st July. If you park in a car park within the road closure area, you will not be able to leave until the road has reopened. As usual, we also ask those of you who normally park beside the road or in the lay-by along the length of the procession route from West Downs to Rockhead – please can you park elsewhere or in one of the carnival car parks during the road closure time to give better access to visitors watching and also help the procession to flow smoothly?
Have a lovely Carnival Week everybody!