VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Talking trees and exploding cars - it must be the Arts Fresco Festival again!

Two trees walked into a bar, sat down and gulped back bottles of water.

It’s not the start of a joke with the punchline tree-total, it’s just another surreal sight at Market Harborough’s Arts Fresco.

Hapless notional trust representatives Barry and Roger.
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Hapless notional trust representatives Barry and Roger. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

The trees are actually James Guiver and John Godbolt, based in Bristol, two men with a “circus background” who hit upon a decent street theatre idea.

But they had the same thought as all the other acts at Sunday’s Arts Fresco.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to do this festival” said one of the two trees (James we think) as they relaxed in Market Harborough Theatre’s bar area.

“The crowds are fantastic, and it’s great working with the other guys.”

Ellie Co;in 7 with Maureen and Ronaldi performing the Great Fiasco during the Arts Fresco.
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Ellie Co;in 7 with Maureen and Ronaldi performing the Great Fiasco during the Arts Fresco. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

More than 10,000 people attended this year’s event on a dry day, mainly sunny day.

Streetcomedy’s fire juggler Goronwy Thom said: “We love it here.

“There are not many places around the country that do a festival like this.

“It’s an educated audience who know what this festival is all about - and a great setting.”

The Lift...during the Arts Fresco in Market Harborough.
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The Lift...during the Arts Fresco in Market Harborough. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

It was lovely weather too for most of the day.

At the Information Point on The Square, Esther Theobald said: “We’ve run out of balloons and brochures and the voting (for Best Act) has been very popular.”

And at the Langton Brewery stall, Alistair Chapman said: “It’s been crowded all day.”

For Leicester-based sand sculptor Nicola Wood, Market Harborough is a “home gig”.

The man on the moon performs on the Square during the Arts Fresco in Market Harborough.
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The man on the moon performs on the Square during the Arts Fresco in Market Harborough. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

As she put the finishing touches to her Leicester City fox, she said: “My favourite projects are always at home. People you love are going to see what you do.”

Children’s entertainer Dr Palfi - in real life a 72-year-old Vietnam veteran from Michigan called Hurst Palfi Rinehart - said: “The people here are so responsive.

“They love to play - which is great.”

You can still vote for your favourite Arts Fresco act here: www.artsfresco.com/poll

Hippochondriac during the Arts Fresco in Market Harborough.
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Hippochondriac during the Arts Fresco in Market Harborough. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Treemendous selfie...
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Treemendous selfie... PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Busy scenes on the High Street.
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Busy scenes on the High Street. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Make up with Swank during the Arts Fresco.
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Make up with Swank during the Arts Fresco. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Bangditos on the High Street during the Arts Fresco.
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Bangditos on the High Street during the Arts Fresco. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER