Rio Themed Hale Carnival Shines Despite Heavy Rain
Despite two heavy down pours during the day - Hale Village Carnival took place on Saturday 11th June, in the village park. This years carnival theme was the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The week before the carnival, the annual scarecrow competition could be seen springing into life, as Rio themed scarecrows and displays appeared around the village - in peoples gardens. Around 40 displays where in every corner of the village, the many themes on display included Swimming, Fencing, Horse Dressage, Boxing, Running, Pole Vaulting and Show Jumping.
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At the carnival, Imogen Atkinson the new Rose Queen for 2016 was crowned by the Lord Mayor of Hale- Freeman Paul Turton, she was joined in a horse drawn carriage by the out-going Rose Queen Leoni Topping, for the procession around the village, which also included a double decker open top bus and vintage cars.
Children from Hale Primary School Choir opened the afternoons events programme at 12 noon.
In the main events arena, carnival goers had the chance to see various displays by Vale Royal Falconry, musical entertainment by a local band called The Hips, along with a Zumba display, a Tug of War and a Dog Agility competition.
Craft Stalls and marquees selling various hand-made crafts and produce were located in the centre of the carnival show-ground, also a fairground with various rides kept the afternoons entertainment flowing.
On the other side of the park, the Vintage Car/Vehicle show also took place with around 100 vintage vehicles on display There was also a licensed bar and Clay Pigeon Shooting.
A best kept front garden competition has also been organised for mid July.
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