Harting gears up for annual extravaganza

Harting villagers are hosting their annual street extravaganza on Bank Holiday Monday, May 31.

Harting Festivities traditionally attracts people from miles around to enjoy the fun, entertainment, colour and spectacle.

The celebrations are centred on The Street in South Harting, beginning at 11am and this year will, weather permitting, include a mass launch of hot air balloons from the village playing field.

Kicking off the day's action is the historic Old Club roll call and parade. There will be more than 30 stalls and attractions, among them a traditional crafts area among which will be a blacksmith and a woodcrafter.

There will be a fun dog show and fancy dress for adults and children on the theme of scrapheap fashion, where the whole outfit or even just a hat is made from recycled items. The ever-popular book stall will be in a new home at the Legion Hall in Church Lane.

There will also be a dog agility display, a Harting Fun Run and, for anyone interested in local history, showings of the 1950s Harting Film, photo displays and Harting Scrapbooks.

Tickets are already on sale for the grand raffle to win 250 cash as well as many other great prizes.

Plus, on the day, tickets will be on sale in conjunction with the Mid Hants Hot Air Balloon Club to win a ride in one of about 11 places in the hot air balloons scheduled to take off from 5.30pm at the war memorial playing fields.

It promises to be a spectacular sight and all are welcome to come and watch.

Harting Festivities chairman Rhys Williams said: "Festivities is a fun-filled day for all ages and while we hope for warm sunshine, you will be sure to enjoy it whatever the weather.

"Bring the family along. There will be music, games, entertainers, bouncy castles, children's activities, food and drink, pony rides and a wide range of stalls.

"The aim of Harting Festivities is to put on an enjoyable and stimulating day and so help raise funds for worthy village projects. Everyone is welcome to come along."

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