Carnival full of surprises

PUBLISHED: 13:17 04 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:45 10 June 2010

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4: THERE were some shock results at Newton Poppleford Carnival on Saturday, including Sidvale Carnival Club being knocked off its top spot by young farmers. With a clean sweep of firsts and best in shows up until the weekend, Sidvale's slick Mickey's Express

THERE were some shock results at Newton Poppleford Carnival on Saturday, including Sidvale Carnival Club being knocked off its top spot by young farmers.With a clean sweep of firsts and best in shows up until the weekend, Sidvale's slick Mickey's Express was forced into second place by the spooky Halloween float of Axminster Young Farmers.Comic underdogs, so far this season, Nunsford Nutters CC kicked rivals Nymphos into touch with Hey Big Suspender.Sidvale CC secretary Marion Perry said: "It's the judges' opinion. It may not be our opinion but so be it. That is Newton Poppleford judging. They usually put the cat among the pigeons!"With a cup for the float with most carnival spirit, the club was not too concerned at its second in the open section, despite wins and best in show cups at Seaton, Colyton and Axminster so far."It is not too serious and the children like it, it has worked very well," said Mrs Perry."I thought Saturday's carnival ran very smoothly and what we like about Newton Poppleford is we can see the best of the other floats."Newton Poppleford carnival chairman Jackie Barnard said: "Different judges have different ideas of what they like."She said not all the judges were local and none judged floats from where they lived."It was a lovely evening, which made a difference," she said. "We had about 23 floats and 14 walking entries with lots of people watching. "The local cricket and tennis club entries were very comical and the atmosphere was brilliant, everyone I've spoken to thought so."Money collected will be used to help organise next year's carnival, which costs about £3,000 for the village to stage.Results: Best in procession - Nunsford Nutters CC. Best walking entry - Boogie Bass Bugs. Best spirit of carnival Sidvale CC.Open Spectacular1st Halloween, Axminster YF2nd Mickey's Express, Sid Vale CC3rd Medieval Legend, Eclipse CCOpen Humorous1st Hey Big Suspender, Nunsford Nutters CC2nd Nymphos Probe Uranus, Nymphos CC3rd The Wild West, Sid & Otter Y FDecorated under 301st Ride of The Valkyries, Aysheberton Stannery2nd Showbiz Sparkle, Budleigh Salterton CC3rd Dr Who, Honiton 1st Scout Group4th Venturers Go Wild, OSM VSUYouth1st Boogie Bells, South Brent CC2nd Horror Express, Tango CC3rd Wild Boyz On Tour, Explorers CCVisiting Royalty1st Pretty As A Picture, Topsham Town Fayre2nd Flower Fairies, Ottery St Mary CC3rd Colyton Royal Party, Colyton CC4th Venetian Royalty, Honiton CCNon-motorised1st Jungle Safari, Cameron Cooke2nd Bin The Plastic, Lions Club Of SidmouthMotorised1st Boogie Bass Bugs2nd Morris Mania, Newton Poppleford Cricket ClubIndividual 1st Willow Pattern, Emma Witton2nd One Man Band, Jack MarchantPairs 1st Little Chief Big Totem, Jess & Rosa Batten StevensGroups1st Colaton Raleigh Very Young Farmers, Colaton Raleigh Playpark Group2nd 1 2 3 Many Clowns Not Enough Circuses, Laughter UnlimitedAdult Individual1st 12 Gifts of Xmas, Lyn Tutty2nd Take Note, JBCC3rd The Lost Dalmation, Elizabeth CowlandAdult Groups1st Mad Hatters Tea Party, TIPPS2nd Anyone for Tennis, Newton Poppleford Tennis Club

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