FAIRYTALE magic will descend on Stamford for the annual summer festival.
The tradition parade of floats will wind its way through the town tomorrow, and promises to bring magic and excitement.
The parade, organised every year by Stamford and District Kiwanis, is always a highlight of the celebrations, with colourful and exciting floats attracting hundreds to the town’s streets.
Fifteen theatre groups, schools and businesses have put hours of hard work in to designing the themed floats and costumes, to impress the watching judges and give Stamford a carnival atmosphere.
Chief parade organiser and Kiwani Andy Totten said: “The fairytale theme will fit in nicely with the party atmosphere we have planned.
“The groups we have booked for the arena are so energetic you will need a lie down afterwards.
“There will also be surprise appearances through the day from some buccaneering characters.
“We’re all getting very excited about this year’s parade and are looking forward to a super turnout.”
The parade will assemble on the Recreation Ground for preliminary judging at 1pm, and will set off at 2pm led by Stamford Town Band and the Nassington and Yarwell Britannia Band.
The myriad of floats will wind round the town before returning to the Recreation Ground at 3pm where a children’s funfair will be in full swing.
The fun carries on through Sunday, where twice the fun will be on offer at this year’s family fun day.
Stamford and District Lions Club has doubled the size of the event with two arenas instead of one, and hope the range of free and low-cost events will get the whole family involved.
Highlights this year include an African drumming display and lessons from Julie Wright and her group, the Sileby Slappers, and a display from Stamford-based airsofting team, Ooby Doo Platoon.
Organiser Jane McKee said: “It’s going to be twice the fun this year with two arenas.
“A lot of the events are free so we are hoping to have a day where the whole family can get involved at little cost.
“People can join in or just watch, but we reckon it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The day starts at 6am with a car boot sale on the Recreation Ground. The arenas open at 10am and will feature the Empingham Dog Agility Group, the Stamford Mercury’s own Adam Beral, a Kennel Club judge and author of weekly advice column Problem Pooches, Ink Contemporary Theatre, free fun races, and the African drumming display.
The annual baby show takes place at 1pm, with the winner judged by the mayor of Stamford John Binder. Entries close at 12.45pm.
Other activities scheduled for the day include Zorb balling, laser shot with St Barnabas Hospice, penalty shootouts with One Touch Football, miniature ponies, the chance to see a Harrier cockpit and the bomb disposal unit from RAF Wittering, a hog roast, funfair, ice cream and games.
The day will finish with the Drumhead Service, celebrating Armed Forces Day with the Royal British Legion and the Stamford Churches Together service, both at 4.30pm.
For full arena times visit www.stamfordfestival.org/2011