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As part of the carnival celebrations we invite all shops and traders in the town to decorate their window(s) and take part in the annual Window Dressing Competition.

More than 30 traders join in annually and by dressing your windows, you contribute to a brighter town for carnival week. 

There are three window sizes in the competition:

LARGE - over 2.5m width

MEDIUM- 1.5 to 2.5m width

SMALL - under 1.5m width

For each window category, there will be three awards:  Carnival Window Star; plus two Highly Commended.

The 3 independent judges will have a close look at your efforts between the 31st May and 3rd of June and the awards will be presented by Carnival Stars on the weekend of the 7 - 8th June.

Windows will be judged on Impact, Effort, Originality and most of all – Carnival Spirit!

How do I enter?

Please register your interest by May 18th 2024.



The results will be published in the local press and social media.

Winners of the Carnival Window Star categories will be presented with an engraved shield trophy to display in their window and those Highly Commended will be presented with a specially designed certificate.

Please join in the carnival spirit and help us to make the town more cheerful for this big celebration for residents and visitors alike.

Many thanks On behalf of the Carnival Committee


Sponsored by
Dacre, Son & Hartley

The Otley Carnival Poster Competition is a long standing tradition within the carnival where we call upon local children to submit a poster design that becomes the official Carnival poster for that year.


There are 3 age categories this year:

  • 6 years & under

  • 7 – 9 years

  • 10 years +


Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each category.


It is important that all entries:

  • Are submitted on A4 paper (portrait style)

  • Include the Carnival date: Saturday 15th June 2024

  • Are brightly coloured and Carnival themed and any lettering is clear and spelt correctly.

  • Contain the NAME, SCHOOL / COMMUNITY GROUP and AGE on the back of the entry.


This year’s entries must be submitted by TUESDAY 26th MARCH 2024 to qualify. To submit your entries please hand them in at school, where they will be collected from a member of the Carnival Committee. 


The overall winner’s entry will become the official Carnival poster displayed in shops in Otley to promote the day and will also be displayed at the Carnival Field following the parade.

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