Colourful fun at Rio-themed carnival day

Lea Dethick and Holloway Carnival 2016
Lea Dethick and Holloway Carnival 2016

Latin fever took over the otherwise cloudy day at a Dales carnival.

The theme of this year’s Lea, Holloway and Dethick Carnival was ‘Rio’, which was reflected in the floats and colourful dress of the procession.

Lea Dethick and Holloway Carnival 2016

Lea Dethick and Holloway Carnival 2016

The day started with rain, however by the time the carnival procession started the rain had gone and was replaced by sun and a few clouds.

The village turned out to watch the procession, lead by this year’s carnival queen, Grace Wheeldon, surrounded by her entourage and followed by the rest of the floats.

The procession made its way through the village to Lea Green, were the carnival queen was crowned by Ian Price, director of Lea Green Development Centre.

After the coronation, Grace officially opened the carnival.

The winner of the ‘Best Float’ competition was The Holloway Playgroup.

Surrounding the main arena, was a range of traditional stalls and shows with something for everyone, young or old. For the first time there was also a beer tent, which went very well.

In the main arena, there were children’s events of races, fancy dress and tug-o-war.

Unfortunately the rain caught up with them at about 4pm and the tug-o-war had to be called off.

Other events in the arena were the foot tapping Pantasy Steel Band and a fabulous display by The Derby Diamonds Cheerleaders.

The week started off with the Funtastic Dog Show, which was very noisy but proved very popular.

On the Tuesday, the fell race was run with a record of 159 runners. Unfortunately the Thursday barrel race had to be rescheduled to a later date.

Thanks was given to the carnival committee and everyone else who gave up their time to support the carnival.

It is an important village event, raising a lot of money to help support the community, sports and educational groups within the village.