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Fun in the street as Union Island celebrates Festival Day

Contestants in Miss Easterval 2013 take part in a motorcade in Union Island on Saturday, March 30, 2013.

Contestants in Miss Easterval 2013 take part in a motorcade in Union Island on Saturday, March 30, 2013.

ASHTON, Union Is., March 30, IWN – Easterval celebration continued here today — Saturday — with a day of fun activities at Hugh Mulzac Square.

Scores of people arriving by ferry on this Southern Grenadine island were greeted by the sounds of amplified DJ music as the Union Island Easterval Committee staged Festival Day.

The activities included a number of competitions, including lime and spoon and sack races, and eating and drinking competitions.

In the eating competition, one man showed off a flat stomach, said he had not eaten for days, and promised to win.

Men compete in an eating competition in Union Island on Saturday.

Men compete in an eating competition in Union Island on Saturday.

But he had to eat his words, as he was outdone by another competitor, who displayed immense skill at sending the large dumpling and piece of stewed chicken back down the shaft.

Other persons showed off their lyrical skills in a dubbing competition.

The activities come ahead of “Soca Fest” later this evening, which will see Antiguan band Burning Flames performing here for the first time in more than 20 years.

Local soca sensation, Fireman Hooper will also be among the performers at the show.

He joined persons at Hugh Mulzac Square Saturday afternoon, dancing along with other festivalgoers.

Men compete in a sack race in Union Island on Saturday.

Men compete in a sack race in Union Island on Saturday.

Fireman Hooper, who has won nine national soca titles here, told I-Witness News that patrons will get “a show” from him when he performs at Soca Fest, which is slated to begin at 10 p.m.

“What else but a show? They expect me to give them a show,” he said.

He, however, said he will not be giving a taste of what he plans to offer for Vincy Mas 2013 this summer.

The gathering in the Square also saw some of the nine young ladies from across the region who will vie for Miss Easterval on Sunday.

The contestants took part in a motorcade across the island.

Vendors plied their trade amidst the activity in the Square, offering sunglasses, t-shirts, beach wraps and other items, while restaurants offered a variety of food and drink.

A woman attempts to bite a doughboy during an eating competition in Union Island on Saturday.

A woman attempts to bite a doughboy during an eating competition in Union Island on Saturday.

A national telecommunications providers had sales and promotion persons on hand offering customers the opportunity to spin a wheel to win extra credit and tickets to Easterval shows when they bought a certain amount of credit.

Meanwhile, a delivery truck from a drinks manufacturer in St. Vincent was on hand to replenish outlets.

Media professionals from the print and electronic media, including a television crew, was online to capture the activities while participants documented them using their cellphones and other hand-held devices.

Two men vie for first place in a lime and spoon competition in Union Island on Satuday.

Two men vie for first place in a lime and spoon competition in Union Island on Satuday.

Easterval is an important cultural and economic activity on this island, where the hundreds of visitors that it draws

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3 thoughts on “Fun in the street as Union Island celebrates Festival Day

  1. It would appear that Union people does ah more fun than mainland folks…is it because they are not under the constant gaze and boots of the Ralph Gonsalves Administration? The Vincy culture is alive and strong in Union Island and I hope the Ministry of Culture is paying attention to,these games like lime and spoon etc,this should be part of our National celebrations across the country, it should be part of the schools curriculum for P.E etc..all of our folklore and traditions have been erased from the psyche of Vincentians especially the younger generations…we have lost our identity as a people or at least on the path to. We have been importing other people culture to the detriment of ours for some time now; even our way of speaking has been corrupted by the fly-by-night Jamaican twang and to some extent the gravitation towards a “shower posse” type of lifestyle. We can certainly do better as a people.

    VIVA LA HAIROUNA!!!

    Posted by Teacherfang (@Llijame) | April 1, 2013, 15:20
  2. TEACHERFANG, your QUESTION is PLAIN STUPID and IGNORANT.

    I do not UNDERSTAND why this VISIONARY LEADER of this BLESSED NATION called St. Vincent and the Grenadines have you and his other NINCOMPOOP DETRACTORS so BAZODEE.

    What does your IGNORANT CLAIM of “It would appear that Union people does ah more fun than mainland folks” has to do with Dr. Gonsalves?

    Using your IGNORANT LOGIC, “It would appear that Union people does ah more fun than mainland folks” because Dr. Gonsalves and his government have built the second “BIGGEST” SCHOOL in SVG and the BIGGEST in the Grenadines in Union Island.

    Dr. Gonsalves is going to DRIVE you and his other IGNORANT DETRACTORS to the MADHOUSE.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | April 5, 2013, 22:21
  3. TeacherFang, you have spent too much time in North America and so have no CLUE of what is going in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, much less the MAINLAND, so allow me to HELP you get rid of your IGNORANCE.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | April 5, 2013, 23:03

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