History – Carnival

In 1967 residents restarted the Treoes Carnival and Gymkhana, which was initially held in Tyn-y-Caeau and would prove to be a very successful enterprise.

The carnival ran for 21 years until 1988. The big difference of this carnival was that it incorporated a Rodeo, which was organised by Mog Mordecai.

Mrs Radcliffe would be up early in the morning of the carnival and Gwen David would leave home at 6.30 am to help her prepare the sandwiches and cakes for sale in the refreshment tents.   First there would be hot cups of tea for the workers setting up the events and stalls, then all day they would be bustling to and fro, making and selling teas and refreshments in the tent, and back to the kitchen to make more sandwiches and refill the tea urns.

  The Carnival Parade
The Carnival Parade

There was the carnival parade and prizes given, races for the children to compete in, stalls selling second hand clothes, freshly baked cakes and preserves, saddles and leather wear, antiques and bric -a– brac, to name a few, and in particular John Jones’ stall, where you could place your bets on which of two white mice would run through the pipes to reach the finishing line first. At the end of the day, John would offer the mice for sale for which there was always plenty of takers.

  Mark, son of Mog Mordecai at the Rodeo
Mark, son of Mog Mordecai at the Rodeo

 

 

 

Mog, his brother Basset and Clive Howells would supply the horses for the Rodeo, Ivor Richards Great House, would supply the bullocks and Lynne Howells would supply the pig.  Preparing for the competitions was labour intensive and many of the villagers were involved.

With the horses there would be dressage competitions, musical chairs etc., in all classes and age groups and rosettes would be awarded to the winners. Then there would be the bucking bronco competition, these horses had never before been ridden – some of the braver village boys would have a go, but most got thrown, one year in particular a young woman, who has only been described as the wife of some-one called Bubbles stayed on the Bronco long enough to win the competition.

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