SOUTH Molton Rotary Club are preparing to host the town's carnival this weekend for the first time in the event's history.
Taking place on Saturday, the annual celebration is expected to attract hundreds of people as dozens of floats and walking entries parade through the town's streets.
The event will be accompanied by the town fair, featuring carnival rides and games.
Barry Lewis-Ranwell, Rotary Foundation representative at South Molton Rotary Club, said the group was eager to continue the successful event following the decision by the town's Lions Club to withdraw from the event.
He said: "The Lions Club said they wanted to scale back the number of events they covered.
"It brings a lot of people into the town which is an obvious benefit so we took it up.
"Most of the ground work is done but we probably have a dozen or so people working non-stop to get things finished.
"We have just got to hope we get the weather and make sure people are out on the streets."
As part of their first event, the Rotary Club has organised a special showcase event of more than 20 local organisations, clubs and societies to run alongside the annual fair.
South Molton carnival committee member Jack Stanley said the Rotary Club was looking to make a big impact at its first show.
He said: "To make the first event slightly different we decided to try and be a little bit creative.
"Traditionally there was a children's fair in the Pannier Market but this time we've decided to put on a showcase where we are getting all sorts of organisations, clubs, social groups together to show off what they do."
The crowning of the carnival queen will take place at midday, with the parade commencing at 6pm.