Someone told me the other day they were confused about the difference between Chudfest and Carnival. Are they the same? And if not, what’s the difference? Well, no, they’re not the same at all.
Chudleigh Carnival has been around for a long time. In fact, last year, they crowned their sixtieth Carnival Queen in the same year as Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee. Carnival has a charitable purpose and all surplus monies go towards charities or local organisations who apply for grants.
Chudfest, on the other hand, is very much the new kid on the block. It was set up in 2011 to fill a gap in the Chudleigh calendar in a year when Carnival was unable to put on a procession. That year, we put on ten days of events. Since then, Chudfest has grown in its range of activities. By the end of this year, in addition to the ten-day festival, we will have organised a garden and produce show; a variety concert; the Chudleigh Christmas Fayre; and a Christmas tea party. The sole purpose of Chudfest is the organisation of social events for the people of Chudleigh and their friends. Any surplus money we raise is ploughed back into our events to allow us, for example, to put on free activities for the children. This year, we’ve provided hawking and dance workshops for the school kids and a Teddy Bears’ picnic for the under-fives.
So Chudfest and Carnival are different entities, run by different groups of people, although we do work together, for example, on publicity for our summer events. We are two different facets of Chudleigh’s rich patchwork of activities.