Holsworthy Carnival

Carnival Queen Paige Davies with Emily and Rosie thumbnailCarnival Queen Paige Davies with Emily and Rosie
Carnival Queen Paige Davies with Emily and Rosie
Saturday 15th was the day of the Holsworthy Carnival – and it was all change this year. Especially for Holsworthy & District Lions as we were organising it all for the first time. The other main changes were the new route (forced upon us by the closure of the cattle market) and the merging of the children’s afternoon parade and the evening parade. In hindsight, it would be fair to say that we didn’t really know what we were letting ourselves in for. There really is so much work involved in organising a Carnival. From the big things like applying for road closures and printing the Carnival programme, to the small things like putting up posters and finding sashes for the Carnival Queens.

It certainly was a steep learning curve, and we wouldn’t say that it all went with absolutely no hitches whatsoever. But I think it ‘went alright on the night’ as the saying goes. At the end of the day, it is not for us to say whether this year’s Carnival was a success – that is for the thousands of people who braved the cold and came to watch it. All we can say is that we very much hope everybody enjoyed it.

Ray Fursdon, Chairman of the Carnival Committee, would like to express his thanks to the dozens of people who volunteered to help on the evening – the marshals, the bucket shakers and the judges to name but a few. Ray would also like to say thank you to all the participants. There were some fantastic floats and walking entries this year – and if it wasn’t for those people putting in the time and effort into their floats and costumes, then there wouldn’t actually be a Carnival at all. It would just be thousands of people looking at empty streets! Finally, he would like to express his gratitude to the people of Holsworthy. Just over £951 was put into collection buckets and thrown into the big bucket of Luke Furse’s digger – all of which will be used to help fund next year’s Carnival. It was actually £951 and four Canadian dollars. Although we aren’t completely sure what we will do with those.

More photos can be found in the Carnival section.


Thu 21 February 2019
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