Pencader Carnival 2018

Another year and another fantastic carnival under our belt. The sun shone as the Queen’s procession took place starting from Dolgran. Two floats, Glyn Jones on his beloved Fergie, a Territorial Army truck, a troop of superheroes along with others in fancy dress, Llandysul fire crew leading and Blood Bikes Wales trailing made their way down the village for all to see. Everyone in fancy dress gathered on the playing field to be judged by our President, Cllr Linda Evans. Taking the £100 cash prize for best float was the beautiful Black Pearl. An outstanding effort by team Cylch Meithrin, winning best float two years running. Taking the £50 cash prize was the Carnival Queen’s float. Our Queen Kiera along with her party looked absolutely stunning on the vintage lorry kindly given by Swain’s Commercials. On the field we had lots of stalls, the Territorial Army, Blood Bikes Wales with their mini replica bike, Loopy Lews the magician, Llandysul fire engine and crew and lots of activities for the children which kept them busy all day long. Bouncy castles, gladiator duel, soft play, football zorbing, face painting and much more. A special thank you to Edwina who voluntarily raised £50 with guess how many buttons in the jar. The winner was Kieran Evans with 649 buttons.

Carnival week kicked off Wednesday with an evening of traditional sports for the children along with free hot dogs, drinks and medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. We saw a brilliant turn out for the event and it’s safe to say the kids had a blast.

Thursday evening, 13 cars went out on the treasure hunt organised by Meleri Griffiths and Cerian Harrison. The overall winners were Mogs’s Angels. In 2nd place Team Brynycoed and in 3rd place Team Carwyn. Well done to all who took part.

So it would seem that Tippit on a Friday night is the way forward as a record 18 teams took part. Fun was had by all ages with the newcomers Maeslan Babes taking the championship title and the Outlaws as runners up. Team Skidz all under age 12 made it as far as the semi-finals, knocking out our previous champs in the first round. Fantastic evening.

Saturday night a band from Aberystwyth called the Trillbies got the crowd up dancing and entertained us through the evening. Our auctioneer Chris Jones with his brilliant auctioneering skills helped us raise £565. Thank you to everyone that donated and produced auction items.

Sunday was another beautiful day and although the water level was low the duck race went ahead. Starting a little further down from the bridge at Dôl Awel the local kids joined in helping to retrieve the ducks along side our pro duck catchers, Jono James and Carl Day.

The 1000 duck race generated £1000 which will be kept in the village this year and our winners were:

1st £100 Liz Beynon

2nd £60 Jeff Mason

3rd £30 Caryl Davies

4th £10 Kevin Evans

£200 prize money kindly sponsored by Gary Davies, JDS Machinery.

The Tug-o-War competition was organised by Zac Morgan by pulling teams from a hat. Mixed teams of young and old took part using muscles they didn’t know they had. The 2018 Tug-0-War Champions are Melvin, Darrel, Jono, Josh, Llion and Kaylee. A great day to conclude the Carnival.

The Carnival Committee would like to thank everyone involved in this year’s carnival. The extra hands that stepped up on the day and the fantastic support of our community and surrounding. We look forward to seeing you all next year.