WINSFORD is gearing up for a fun-filled carnival on Saturday which will showcase talent from across the town.
Organisers have pulled out all the stops to create an actionpacked day which will start at noon and continue late into the night.
Winsford Carnival queen for the day - and the coming year - is 14-year-old Sarah Bason. Keeping it in the family, she is joined by her sister Laura, 16, as the lady-in-waiting. Both are pupils of Verdin High School. Their little sister Rebecca, nine, a pupil of Over St John's Primary School, also takes to the stage, as the petal thrower.
In total 19 children will carry titles, making up the Winsford Carnival retinue for 2004.
The procession starts at noon from Nat Lane, Wharton, and will be led by the French Quarter Band from Manchester. Also featured will be the Sons of William pipe band, Silverstar Line Dancers, Vale Royal Amateur Dramatic Society, the Winsford Diamonds football team and the retinue.
It makes its way along Crook Lane, Lodge Drive, Station Road, Weaver Street, Dingle Lane, The Drumber, Dene Drive and Grange Lane before arriving at Verdin Fields, Grange Lane, between 1pm and 1.30pm.
Adults and children wanting to join the procession are welcome. Entrants for the fancy-dress competition need to join the float stationed in Nat Lane. Featuring in the competition will be seven-year-old Joe Marriott, who bears a striking resemblance to fictional child wizard Harry Potter. Trophies are available for the three best-dressed entrants.
Arena events include performances by Winsfordbased groups demonstrating martial art Tae Kwon-Do and line-dancing. Other arena highlights include a display of barn owls, a troupe competition and an appearance from the Cheshire Regiment.
Evening entertainment is in the shape of a Carnival Fiesta at Winsford United Football Club's Barton Stadium with a magician, singer and disco.
Tickets for the Carnival Fiesta are £2 for adults and £1 for children and are available on the door.