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Click on the section headings for details of competitions being run as part of Carnival 2017, or scroll down to read the whole page.

Fancy dress competition

Quiz night in aid of the carnival - a sell out success on Friday 12 May


Competitions not being run this year;

Carnival princess and attendants

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For details of competitions run in recent years, including Carnival princesses, see our archive.


Fancy dress competition

We will be having a fancy dress competition for boys and girls on Carnival day; see the Plan for the Day tab. There will be drums or trumpets for every child - sorry!

Last year our theme for the competition was 'Carnival', with clowns and gypsies vying for the top prizes. We will be going with this theme again as it gives scope for entries. Medals will be awarded!

the four fancy dress winners 2016
Photo; The four fancy dress winners on Carnival day 2016, shown with the judges, who included Rotary chairman David Pearce and Mayor of Hertford Dr Cllr Linda Radford. Picture courtesy of Peter Rawlings.

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Quiz night

Our annual quiz night was a roaring success! It took place at Sele Farm Community Centre on Friday 12 May, and saw a sell out crowd of 90 people turning up for questions, pizza, ice cream and a raffle.

Team 9 - made up of various hardworking councillors like Jane Sartin, Bob Deering, Linda Radford (then the Mayor) - won, and received bottles of wine and 'lots of happiness'!

David Pearce (former Rotary chairman and carnival organiser) performed as quizmaster, and local businesses donated prizes for the raffle (see here).

After costs, all proceeds go towards staging the Carnival.

The archived poster is here.

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Princess for a day

Previously, the annual competition run by the Hertfordshire Mercury to find the Hertford Carnival princess and attendants has been very popular with children and well-supported by businesses; see our Archive footage.

Unfortunately the Mercury is again not running the competition this year.

entrants in the fancy dress competition 2016

Photo; entrants in the fancy dress 2016 (courtesy of Steve Beeston photography).

Instead, we will be having a fancy dress competition for boys and girls on Carnival day; see above.

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Let us know ...

... If you have a great competition idea!