Harborne Carnival 2014

Went for an early morning walk (today 22 June 2014) to see the fair etc. setting up in Harborne High St.

Was told by one of the ride operators that most of the big stuff arrived around 5am but smaller rides and stalls were arriving whilst I was wandering along the High St - the pavements were full of vehicles and stalls so the safest place was to walk in the road, dodging arriving vans and trucks.

I took a few photos of the fair being set up. The fair is organised by Robert Wilkinson's Funfair (Birmingham) although only the Miami thrill ride set up at the end of my road is his. Apart from his daughters Catering trailer all the rest of the rides are from other families/companies but the whole thing is organised by Robert Wilkinson.

The whole Carnival will be gone by 7pm tonight and apart from the litter, you would never know anything had taken place.

Apart from the fair, both pavement areas are full of local good causes & local business stalls and the whole reason for the Carnival is to create an inclusive local community and to allow all the good causes to pitch their wares or interests and raise money and awareness for their issues.

There wasn't one last year because the organiser was ill and the local council took the opportunity to rip up the pavements (and road in one place) to install new street lighting - and boy was it missed! Apart from anything else, Carnival weekend is normally blue skies and boiling hot but in 2013 it poured with rain and was chilly. Yes I know its coincidence but a heck of one.

The weather is brilliant, lets hope they get the big crowds. It is said its the biggest one day carnival in England!

Showmans ERF tractor & Fun House - the tracor is designed to pull heavy loads and has both storage & a generator in the back Closer view of the Showmans ERF tractor - the tracor is designed to pull heavy loads and has both storage & a generator in the back Trailer-mounted Helter Skelter ride, all of the components arrive on the trailer allowing for rapid build up (and tear down) Trailer mounted Ghost Train ride, hauled by an artic Tractor unit, the ride unfolds and is extended by items of track carried within the trailer, allows for reasonably quick build up and rapid tear down Trailer mounted all in one Miami thrill ride, pulled by an artic Tractor that also cafrries the generator. This ride effectively folds out from a 40ft long container shape. Again allows for rapid build up and tear down Smaller kids rides, usually towed behind a van or pickup. Trailer mounted all in one with generator built into the ride. In the background you can see the performance stage being built up, Smaller kids rides, usually towed behind a van or pickup. Trailer mounted all in one with generator built into the ride. Also in shot is a Catering trailer. Smaller kids rides, usually towed behind a van or pickup. Trailer mounted all in one with generator built into the ride. Nearfest camera has yet to be unpacked but does show how small they are when folded. Catering trailer owned bu daughter of Fair operator Robert Wilkinson - as we say round here - bostin' bacon butties!!!!!! Trailer mounted, all-in-one Fun House still attached to artic Tractor that has the generator set behind the cab, shows the compact size of these big rides or attractions on the road More smaller trailer mounted fold out kids rides. One nearest camera clealt showing how the ride unfolds and is set up. Artic towed medium sized trailer mounted kids ride, folds out for rapid build up/tear down Trailer mounted thrill ride. All components arrive on the trailer, towed by an artic Tractor with the generator behind the cab and then are built up on site. The pay cabin is a separate unit, towed behind the main ride trailer Ready to open Fun House, trailer mounted although the spiral tube on the end travels on its own trailer behind a pickup Trailer mounted all in one Thrill Ride with artic Tractor with generator set behind cab in from of the trailer. They are setting up extending arms which will support the floor of the ride Trailer mounted all in one Thrill Ride with artic Tractor with generator set behind cab in from of the trailer. Now the extending arms are level and secure, the floor of the ride is slowly unfolder to reveal the cars and mechanism. Still some way to go to build this one up but they have a 6 man crew so perhaps 30 mins from when I left and the ride would be almost ready to be opened Showmans Foden 3 axle tractor unit carrying built-in generator set and some rear  storage space - pulls more than one trailer normally Showmans 3 axlel ERF tracor with in-built generator set and storage for a side stall Sowmans artic tracor unit - a Foden with generator set behind the cab, would pull a trailer mounted ride Another view of the Miami Thrill ride, now built up. This ride is owned by fair operator Robert Wilkinson Foden Showmans artic tractor with generator set behind the cab, pulls the Ghost Train trailers. Foden Showmans artic tractor with generator set behind the cab pulls the Miami ride trailer and was the last unit to leave the fairs ERF twin-axle Showmans tractor with in-built generator and storage for a fold flat side stall A view of the carnival in full swing. This is a view looking from just past the Miami thrill ride up the High Street - the very tall thrill ride can just be made out in the distance - image from local newspaper A view of the carnival in full swing. This was taken more of less outside HSBC Bank and is looking back down the High St towards the Miami thrill ride - image from local newspaper A view of the carnival in full swing. This shows the view of the top half of the fair from by the HSBC looking towards the very tall thrill ride - image from local newspaper galeria jquery lightboxby VisualLightBox.com v5.9