Ringwood Carnival takes place on 21 September this year.
As well as an afternoon parade and an evening procession, the carnival celebration includes free events on the Bickerley. To complete the event, there will be a fun fair, trade stands, the ‘Village Green’ with craft, charity and community stalls and a grand firework finale.
Ringwood Carnival Queen, Scarlett Smith, has performed one of the first official duties of her ‘royal’ year.
The 16-year-old began a busy few weeks by visiting the offices of her sponsor, Ellis Jones Solicitors, in Monmouth Court, Southampton Road.
Scarlett, who was accompanied by her attendants Paige I’anson and Taylor Button, was welcomed by Managing Partner Nigel Smith.
“I’m really excited about the carnival. It should be absolutely great,” said Scarlett.
“I’m normally on the Forest Forge float in the procession so it’s going to be strange, but very exciting, to be actually touring the floats as Carnival Queen.”
Final preparations are being made for this year’s carnival which gets underway with a quiz at Trinity Church on Saturday September 14.
Michael Lingam-Willgoss, Vice-Chairman of the Carnival Committee, said this year’s event was on course to be another great community event.
“Ringwood Carnival really brings people together. It’s a fantastic event which is not only great fun but also raises thousands of pounds for charity,” he added.
Nigel Smith, Ellis Jones’ Managing Partner, said: “Ringwood Carnival is hugely popular and a highlight in the calendar. We’re very pleased to play our part in its continuing success.”
The first Ringwood Carnival was held in 1929 with the event held every year since 1950.