Children's fancy dress competition is followed by the rolling barrel race at Houghton Regis fair.
Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire.
L/S of a long line of children in fancy dress walking in front of the camera. C/U shot of the faces of three children in fancy dress. C/U shot of a little boy dressed as chimney sweep. C/U shot of a girl dressed as clown. Several other C/U shots of children in fancy dress. This is children's fancy dress competition held at Houghton Regis fair.
C/U shot of a little girl powdering her face with a large powder puff. M/S of the judges, an elderly couple, as they look at the children's masks. C/U shot of the judges' faces. C/U shot of a 'Mandarin man and woman'. C/U shot of a sign reading "First Prize". C/U shot of the powder girl. She is the winner - five year old Tina Cheshire.
M/S of a group of men rolling beer barrels, getting ready for the beer barrel rolling race. Several other people attach signs to their backs. Signs read "5 Bells", "Crown", "Red Lion"... Competitors are teams from local pubs. Several shots of contesters getting ready for the race. L/S of three barrels on the road. M/S of the audience, people waiting for the race to start. C/U shot of a man wearing top hat as he fires a gun in the air.
L/S of the street - four men run towards the barrels and start rolling them. Succession of interesting frontal shots of the men rolling barrels. They run straight towards the camera. Jerky movements indicate that the hand held camera was used. Race route is swamped by people. Crowds are cheering loudly. Some of the contestants cannot control the barrels so they run straight into the audience. Nice shot of a girl being chased by one of the barrels. A bold middle aged man comes first. C/U of a glass in which beer is being poured. C/U shot of the face of a young man as he drinks the beer.