Virgin Islands Festivals & Fairs Committee Chairman Carnel Clyne is reporting that this year’s Virgin Gorda Easter Festival was largely a success.
The first-time festival committee chairman said this success comes despite a few hiccups the event experienced.
His conclusion about the festival came from what he said were positive reviews from patrons.
“I was even able to grab a few statistics. I will say that on Saturday’s village night, we had about 500 patrons turning out and then the next night which was the Sunday we had about 850 patrons turn out. That’s a little bit to show how the festivities were. It was a huge success,” Clyne said.
He added: “It was a month to press everything together and yes, you are going to make some mistakes along the way but for the holistic picture, I think it was a success whereby people didn’t see the slips here and there.”
Clyne also addressed some of the issues including the dusty atmosphere at the festival village and said there were failed attempts made prior to the event to rectify the issue.
“We tried to use the firefighters to damp the field the Saturday afternoon but at the end of the day, you do that Saturday afternoon let’s say 5 o’clock and then the crowd starts to come let’s say 8 o’clock, that moisture done dried up and the ground dusty again,” he explained.
He assured that this will be a thing of the past come next year as an alternative method to solve the issue will be determined.
“We’ll have to think of some other methods that can work; maybe putting gravel on the field or something like that to keep down the dust,” he said.
With more time available to prepare for the upcoming emancipation festivities, Clyne said earlier marketing will be done and some of the minor issues will be fixed ahead of those events.
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