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