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Always an emotive subject but someone has to do it!
The county committee has 48 cups/trophies which are awarded each year, the entries being judged on various items within fifteen different classes, see the Awards page for more details.
In addition each town appoints their own judges, fifty seven in each town to give results for their towns cups/trophies, who judged what see Judges.
The Judging Conditions of Entries have been updated for 2023.
A simplified sheet showing how the mounted entries are judged.
We have fifteen different classes:
Class 1 - Tableau Cart - Open
Class 2 - Tableau Cart - Local
Class 3 - Feature Cart - Open
Class 4 - Feature Cart - Local
Class 5 - Comic Feature Cart
Class 6 - Juvenile Cart
Class 7 - Adult or mixed Adult & Juvenile walking group
Class 8 - Juvenile walking group
Class 9 - Adult, Juvenile or mixed Adult & Juvenile walking group (3 to 7 persons)
Class 10 - Adult, Juvenile or mixed Adult & Juvenile Pair
Class 11 - Adult Single Masquerader
Class 12 - Juvenile Single Masquerader
Class 13 - Single or Pairs with Wheeled Props
Class 14 - Best Decorated Towing Vehicle
Class 15 - Best Dressed Towing Vehicle Driver
The judging criteria for each element are listed in the documents below, for more information and guidelines to judges click the underlined links below, to ensure fairness each judge judges two categories only:
Classes 1 - 6 categories:
1 & 2 - Presentation & General Effect + Music
3 & 4 - Stillness / Pose (for classes 1 & 2) or Life & Movement (classes 3, 4 & 6) or Comedy Content (for class 5) + Costume / Make Up or Mask
5 & 6 - Lighting + Cart Build Up
Classes 7 - 13 categories:
1 & 2 - General Effect & Entertainment Value + Costume / Prop & Make Up or Mask
3 & 4 - Presentation & Routine + Ingenuity
Class 14 categories:
1 - Vehicle Build Up
2 - Presentation & General Effect
3 - Lighting
Class 15 categories:
1 - General Effect
2 - Costume
3 - Make Up or Mask
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