Open­ing cer­e­mony

Crop Over Souvenir - - OPENING CEREMONY -

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.

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