Organising Hull Fair is a huge job which take a whole year to prepare for.
Fortunately, Hull City Council’s events team is at the heart of ensuring the coming fair is the best one yet - and have answered some key questions with the 2019 edition only a matter of weeks away.
And the teams have revealed that, for what could be the first time ever, there will be two big wheels at Hull Fair for 2019.
The team has also announced there will be once again not be a traditional parade after it was ditched for the first time last year.
Michelle Kidd, events officer for Hull City Council said: “Hull Fair is our biggest event of the year and the planning for the next one starts almost immediately after the event closes each year.
“We work closely with a number of partner agencies including Humberside Police and the Health and Safety Executive to ensure everything is in place for the week.
“It’s a fantastic event for us and to see so many local residents and visitors from further afield is always great.
“We’re lucky to have such a large scale fair return every year and as we enter the 726th year, it shows no sign of slowing.”
Hull Lived asked the council’s events team some key questions as Hull Fair approaches.
Will there be a parade this year and, if not, have we seen the last of the parade?
There is no parade. The opening is looked after by the Showmen’s Guild and is of a smaller scale however the Lord Mayor still attends to make a speech and ring the bell on the opening night.
Is opening on the middle Sunday possible in the future?
There are currently no plans to open the fair on a Sunday.
What clean-up plans are in place?
There is a daily clean of the fairground, West Park and surrounding area.
There is also a twilight shift in place from 5pm to 11pm (from 12noon on a Saturday).
How does this year's fair compare in scale to previous years?
It will be the same size as 2018.
How many visitors are you expecting to attend this year's fair?
In the region of 400,000 people.
If there is anything else you would like to add?
There will be two big wheels this year which we don’t believe there has been before – certainly not for many years.
'Without council team fair could not take place'
The Guild's Yorkshire president, Garry Leach, says the council’s events team is crucial to the success of Hull Fair.
"We start with a debrief in January and start looking at the next year straight away, putting things in place and speaking to people like the police, ambulance, security and the football club.
“I'd say we do something at least once a week for the whole 52 weeks of the year for Hull Fair. It's a full team job.
“We have to envisage different scenarios and ensure we can implement them. This worked really well when the Power Tower failed a couple of years ago.
“It wasn’t nice for the people stuck on the ride but we ensure everyone’s safety because of the planning done before.
“Hundreds of people work hard to make the fair a success and none more so than the council’s events team. Without them it could not take place.”
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