Thriller Ninfield Carnival

This year's Ninfield Carnival promises to be "the biggest and best yet".

Monday, 13th July 2009, 11:33 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 8:11 pm

Organisers are hoping for sunshine on what is a hugely enjoyable local event aimed at fun for everyone - this year the Carnival has a theme of Heroes and Villains and a highlight will no doubt be the Thriller tribute to Michael Jackson.

The carnival kicks off tonight with a family Disco in the Marquee run by the newly formed Bonfire society to raise funds for the first Village Bonfire night on October 31.

Everyone is welcome to the party night which costs 1.50 entrance and will include Bar and games.

Tomorrow Ninfield Carnival procession starts at 12 midday from Lower Street and there should be at least 20 floats and bands lead by the Traction engine.

The recreation ground will be home to a number of activities ranging from active fun for youngsters to a Pimms tent for the oldies, with any amount of attractions in between to appeal to everyone, no matter what their age.

Carnival Committee spokesman Samantha Guard said: "There will be craft tent and stalls outside, a Climbing Rock Wall - 20ft and competitions running - Beer Tent, BBQ, Hog Roast, tea tent, Pimms tent, fairground rides including an 1890's Carousel, Fun dog show, tombolas, coconut shy, china smash, splat-the-rat, Laser Shoot, and the Ninfield Youth Forum are running events all day on the Multi court.

"In the main arena there will be the Lindy Hop display, a gym display, ESRM Parade of Hounds, and a Tug-o-War competition with two professional teams, pub teams and one childrens' pull - the overall winners will get the Challenge cup.

"There is the Grand Raffle, and all money raised on the day from our events will go to our chosen charity, The Alzheimers Society.

"Prizes for the Raffle include the 250 first prize, and many more cash prizes and other things donated by people and businesses in the Village and surrounding area.

"In the evening, The BBQ and Hog roast continue and the Marquee will be alive to the sounds of the band Dead Calm and in the interval, once again there will be a Cabaret put on by residents.

"This year, I decided - actually three months ago - to do Michael Jackson's Thriller...We thought it best to carry on under the circumstances and do a real tribute.

"Whether he was a Hero or Villain - our theme this year - he made a huge contribution to music worldwide and we want to celebrate that. We have props, scenery and spot on costumes.....it really is worth a watch.

"The Band continues after the Cabaret till late and then the weary committee will do the clear up on Sunday morning."

Ninfield Carnival is always an occasion for family fun and as such prices are kept as low as possible, according to Sam who added: "We hope loads of people come to the Carnival on Saturday ... We just want everyone to have a good time."