HATHERLEIGH Carnival Committee presented the Island Park Party on Saturday evening last week, celebrating 110 years of the carnival.
Intrepid onlookers perched perilously on the river bank to watch the traditional duck race.
And even braver were the judges who stood in the swirling water to see which coloured plastic duck crossed the finishing line first.
Meanwhile the bonfire blazed brightly, the hog roast was sliced up and devoured in rolls by the crowd.
Before long Hatherleigh Silver Band, looking resplendent as ever in red, struck up cheerful music.
Small children enjoyed the roundabout and slightly older ones queued for a turn at staying upright on a wobbly surfboard.
A large number of huge plastic hammers were brandished by children smaller than the hammers themselves, and buggies abounded, with even younger children enjoying the scents and sounds of the party.
Carnival bags were on sale. A competition had resulted in William Bennett and Demelza Brock's designs being produced on the cotton bags.
Pictures of barrels, and the proud announcement that this year was the one hundred and tenth year of Hatherleigh's Carnival, featured on the bags.
The highlight of the evening was the introduction of Hatherleigh Carnival Royalty 2013.
John Hill this year's president and his wife Jane stood proudly on the stage, with 2013 Carnival Queen Jazmine Stacey and Alisha Slee, aged seven, and Tyler Ware, five, the Carnival's Princess and Prince.
The moon shone brightly, the bonfire glowed and celebrations and fund-raising continued with music from the Band and Revolvin' Door.
The barrels had been made and completed their fund raising tour of the district's pubs. Royalty had been selected and commemorative bags designed.
There are only about eight weeks remaining until the one hundred and tenth carnival takes place. All those magnificent floats to be completed before we line the streets to see Hatherleigh's fantastic procession pass by.