Something for all at Billingham Carnival – including strongman competition

Billingham Carnival brought out the crowds over the weekend. Competitors in the strongman event.

Billingham Carnival brought out the crowds over the weekend. Competitors in the strongman event.

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CROWDS are expected to flock to a carnival which features one of the country’s biggest strongmen competitions.

Muscle-men from all over the UK will flex their muscles in a series of events at Billingham Carnival and Garden Show which celebrates its silver anniversary next weekend.

Organisers say there will be something for everyone with a flower and vegetable show, children’s rides and activities and a fun dog show.

It all takes place at The Green, Chapel Road, in Billingham, on the weekend of September 14 and 15.

Carnival spokesman, Roger Black, who started the event back in 1992, said: “There really is something for everyone to enjoy.

“We have an open flower, chrysanthemum and vegetable show which has got to be one of the best shows in the North East.

“People travel from all over and it is a prestigious show to win.

“We also have one of the biggest strongman contests with the All British Strongman Challenge.
“Everyone is welcome and we are looking forward to another good year.”

The carnival also features a bustling children’s and youth corner with arts and crafts activities and games.

Every child who enters is invited to put their names into an hourly draw to win tickets to the carnival’s rides.

Pensioners can enjoy free refreshments and cakes in the Senior Citizen Cafe where they can also get free weight and blood pressure checks.

The dog show takes place at 9am on the Sunday and owners can register their pets from 8.30am in a range of categories with cash prizes.

The strongman contest takes place in the main arena from 1.30pm on Sunday when competitors will tow massive trucks and lift huge tyres.

The event is made possible thanks to sponsorship from a host of organisations including Stockton Borough Council, Billingham Town Council, acrylics firm Lucite and North East Truck and Van.