PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands –December 4th, 2013 – This year’s 10th Annual Conch Festival was a tremendous success, attracting hundreds of festivalgoers from a diversified spectrum consisting of the young and old, foreign and native.
As the famous restaurant “Conch-e-tition” got underway, the day began with the Wesleyan Methodist Steel Pan Orchestra bringing the sounds of traditional and contemporary Caribbean music, followed by crowd-pleasing performances from Kew Band Links, the Ripsaw Band, Island Boys and the Breezy Beach Dancers.
Henry the Conch was also on hand to encourage festivalgoers to keep the TCI clean and green, and to give out Christmas goodies to the boys and girls in attendance. The Premier, Honourable Dr. Rufus Ewing brought greetings and announced plans for a more challenging and more exciting conch knocking competition at the 2014 festival. The Premier also had the dubious task of drawing the winning ticket for the Rotary Club of Providenciales’ Annual $10,000 Pot of Gold Raffle.
In addition to attracting a large crowd, this year’s festival also attracted numerous vendors, which notably included the Conch Farm, Turks Head Beer Brewers, the TCSPCA, the Cigar Place, and TCI Tempo. Children in attendance also had the benefit of free activities such as potato sack race, three-legged race, an inflatable bouncy house, tug-of-war and ice-cream!
A unique addition to this year’s Festival agenda was the Inter-island Domino Tournament sponsored by Islandcom Wireless. This year’s ‘Heavy Weight’ Championship Round took place during the festival with a team from Providenciales succeeding as the winner. Throughout the day there were also numerous giveaways sponsored by Islandcom, LIME and Inter Caribbean Airways.
The festivities culminated with fireworks and a junkanoo rush out by We Funk Junkanoo.
Prize winners from this year’s festival are set out below.
Best in Show : Hemingways
First Place – Bay Bistro
Second Place – Opus
Third Place – Parallel 23
First Place – Mr. Grouper
Second Place – Hemingways
Third Place – Danny Buoys
First Place – Bay Bistro
Second Place – Hole in the Wall
Third Place – TCI Community College
The Premier’s Conch Knocking Challenge
First Place – Cunel Charitable - 4 Conchs
Second Place – Preston Penn – 3 Conchs
Third Place – Levardo Tulbot - 2 Conchs
Conch Blowing: Longest single tone
Adult: Levardo Tolbert 26sec
Comaneci Handfield. 11 sec received a $100 gift certificate from Indian Bazaar for female conch blowing
Child: Cameron Halligan 9sec
T’keyah Mcbean 8 sec. received a LIME phone for kid’s conch blowing special prize for female conch blowing.
Christmas Card Competition:
First Place – Nia Ewing, Independent Entrant
Second Place – Dashawn Brooks, Oseta Jolly Primary School
Third Place – Stellon Gardiner, Mills Institute
Cultural Conch Quiz:
$100 mega quiz winner – Gary Fleming
Islandcom Wireless Inter-island Domino Tournament:
Winner – Providenciales
This year’s “Conch-e-tition” was judged by a panel comprising of persons both local and foreign, namely Vivienne Chance, Melanie Reffes, Kathryn Brown and Allen Souder “Guy Fieri look alike”. Profiles of the judges can be viewed on the Festival’s website at www.conchfestival.com.
Major sponsors for this year’s festival included Islandcom, Power 92.5FM/102.5 KISS FM, Wine Cellar, Villa Del Mar, Amanyara, Scotiabank, the Henry Moog Foundation, the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board, Provo Water Company, Ocean Club Resorts, Caicos Express, LIME and Carib Gaming with a host of others lending their support to include the Premier, Honourable Dr. Rufus Ewing.
The Conch Festival is a family-friendly cultural event with plenty of games and activities and is furthermore a showcase of local talent. Equally important is the charitable purpose of the Festival and its organizing committee. In 2008 the Conch Festival donated part if its proceeds to help the fishermen of South Caicos recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, in 2011 over $4300 was donated to Clement Howell High School for much needed equipment and supplies and the Conch Festival also supplied water for their sports day. Last year a donation from the Festival’s proceeds went to Oseta Jolly Primary School in Blue Hills and this year a clean drinking water system will be donated to Oseta Jolly Primary.
The Blue Hills Conch Festival Committee expresses its sincerest gratitude to all of its supporters and the public at large who help to make this event a success year after year.
More information on the Conch Festival can be found at www.conchfestival.com.
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