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Olympic Carnival

June 19th 2004

Review by Richard Sutton (Alsager Round Table)

Alsager carnival was a great success again this year despite the weather's best attempts. People setting up the field in the morning were twice soaked by downpours but the weather held off for the afternoon.

Around 3,000 people turned out to watch over a dozen floats in the parade which was led by a tradition jazz band and the Carnival Queen, Daisy McDermott, who was riding in a vintage Rolls Royce.

The Carnival is organised by a committee of local people which can be attended by anyone from the town. Representatives from Alsager and District Round Table are joined and supported by the Rotary Club, Lions, Ladies Circle, scouts, the mini club and many other individuals.

Attractions this year included the battling Cumberland giants, the dog show with 80 entrants, hot and cold refreshments including a beer tent and a hog roast, children's mini Olympics, a skateboarding competition, a rodeo bull, the tug-of-war competition, giant bouncy castles, a train ride, plate smashing and many other side stalls, a penalty shoot out run by Alsager Town FC, and over 35 charity stalls.

The day finished with a balloon race and a release of 1,000 balloons.

Winners of the best float were Pikemere School, the best fancy dress walker was Mrs L Standring who turned her pram into a Greek chariot and the best dressed shop window was awarded to Partyfun on Crewe Road.

Daniel Rothwell aged 9 won the under 11s inline skates award, Jake Murphy was the skateboarding winner. The overall Alsager Champion was Mike Baker (age 12) who scored 69 points in the inline aggressive skates category and wins the engraved cup to be returned next year.

Next carnival's theme has yet to be decided. Any ideas can be brought to a committee meeting by telephoning Richard Sutton on 01270 874206.

Carnival Gallery

Rode Heath Primary

Wacky Warehouse

Best Fancy Dress

Carnival Queen

Pikemere Float
The prize for the best float was won by Pikemere School.
The main feature was the 'Battling Cumberland Giants'.
A new feature was the skateboard competition. There was live music and a new rodeo ride which was very popular.
A large number of stalls were set up by local groups.
The dog show was organised by Alsager Animals in Need.
Tuition in gem panning and a rock crystal display was provided by Michael Pace of Newchapel Science Centre

Last Update: 23 Jun 04

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