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Burbage Carnival 2010



Well another year has come and gone.  Yet again we managed to get by with spectacular weather which certainly ensured that we had the maximum turnout on the day.  In fact I can't remember when it last rained on carnival day.  It will have to happen one year but so far we've had luck on our side. 


And with great weather comes great photos.  I love nothing more than beautiful blue skies with wispy white clouds.  It makes all the colours stand out and look wonderful and really makes my job a whole lot easier.  I'm not looking forward to the day that I have nothing but bland, grey and overcast skies to work with. 

 

I really think the carnival comittee, of which I am a member, have done a fantastic job this year if I do say so myself.  We are growing from strength to strength each year and it looks like this year we will even be growing in numbers.  With a few more set to join us for the 2011 carnival I reckon we can make Burbage Carnival the carnival to attend above all others in the area. 


We went from 12 floats last year to a record 19 floats this year, all of which going all out in decorations along the theme of Fairy Tales, Myths and Magic.  The effort and expense each participant went to this year was outstanding and once again proved that our village has spirit.  The streets were lined with spectators like I've never seen before.  It was truly a joy to be a part of this event. 


I was very proud of our field events this year.  Thanks very much to both Burbage Infant school for performing their annual Maypole dance and the Vicky-Anne Academy for performing various dances from their annual show.  The field was full of spectators yet again.  And I got to see my daughter and step daughter perform also which is always a bonus. 


Performances on the field always gaurantee a large crowd and without them the event wouldn't be the same.  We welcome other acts to participate as well so if you know of any group interested please get in touch to make arrangements for the 2011 carnival.  Its never too early to start planning. 


So thank you to everyone who either participated or simply just attended the event.  The village and all who attended and participated made this event outstanding.  It was a superb day and I look forward to seeing this event grow as the years go by. 


If you want to see the rest of the photos from the day take a look at the Burbage Carnival album on Facebook.  http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=186030&id=116278416331&l=4e245c1021

Also, if you have any desire to help out either throughout the year or on the day itself please get in touch either through myself or through the contacts on the carnival website (http://www.burbagecarnival.co.uk/).  We are always happy to accept assistance, however much or little you can spare.  Every little helps so don't be afraid that too much will be expected of you.  We're grateful for whatever is offered.

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