It was launched later than planned, but the First Citizens Crop Over Xplosion was a climactic moment during this year’s Crop Over Festival! The event, formerly the Crop Over Opening Gala and Ceremonial Delivery, was held under the theme Tuk-it-up. The family-friendly affair showcased Barbados’ cultural traditions and offered fun and excitement to those gathered at the King George V Memorial Park venue. As is customary, exceptional sugar industry workers were honoured, with the female Most Outstanding Sugar Worker award going to Ernesta Williams from Applewhaites Farm, St Thomas and the male, Neville Cato from Castle Farm, St Peter. As part of the festivities, there was a souse-eating competition, an interactive Crop Over museum, workshops for jewellerymaking, playground for children and the Royal Barbados Police Force’s Flood-lit Tattoo. The Big Bang concert, which started around 9 p.m., was opened by last year’s Junior Monarch Sparkle T and saw artistes such as Nikita, Stiffy,
Lil Rick, Marzville, Edwin Yearwood, Hypasounds and Red Plastic Bag grace the stage.