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Carrot Bay donkey race a ‘no-go’ after 2 attempts

- adds to further disappointment for festival activities this year
A complete disappointment was how many people would describe yesterday's August 7, 2015 Cultural Fun Day in Carrot Bay with the premier event, the donkey race, not being run after two attempts. Photo: VINO
One of the riders and donkeys on a practice run. Photo: VINO
One of the riders and donkeys on a practice run. Photo: VINO
Persons lined the street in anticipation of a big showdown. Photo: VINO
Persons lined the street in anticipation of a big showdown. Photo: VINO
A grandmother/granddaughter moment with Gloria A. Fahie and her granddaughter. Photo: VINO
A grandmother/granddaughter moment with Gloria A. Fahie and her granddaughter. Photo: VINO
Married men prevailed over those who chose not to be married in Tug o War. Photo: VINO
Married men prevailed over those who chose not to be married in Tug o War. Photo: VINO
Boys vs Girls in Tug o War. The girls won. Photo: VINO
Boys vs Girls in Tug o War. The girls won. Photo: VINO
Men's sack race. Photo: VINO
Men's sack race. Photo: VINO
Men's Lime and Spoon race. Photo: VINO
Men's Lime and Spoon race. Photo: VINO
Women's Lime and Spoon race. Photo: VINO
Women's Lime and Spoon race. Photo: VINO
Kiddies' Lime and Spoon race. Photo: VINO
Kiddies' Lime and Spoon race. Photo: VINO
Don't drop it now. Photo: VINO
Don't drop it now. Photo: VINO
this woman from Hong Kong took part in the fun and had a good time. Photo: VINO
this woman from Hong Kong took part in the fun and had a good time. Photo: VINO
The lone policewoman that had the task of trying to control the traffic for the donkey race. Photo: VINO
The lone policewoman that had the task of trying to control the traffic for the donkey race. Photo: VINO
A traffic stop? Photo: VINO
A traffic stop? Photo: VINO
Going low through the corner this donkey was. Photo: VINO
Going low through the corner this donkey was. Photo: VINO
CARROT BAY, Tortola, VI – Disappointing was how many people would probably describe yesterday's August 7, 2015 Cultural Fun Day in Carrot Bay with the premier event, the donkey race, not being run after two attempts.

The late start to the event, slated to begin at 2pm, was no surprise to this news site. There were complaints that the sun was too hot to play the traditional sports of Lime and Spoon race, Three Legged race, and Tug-o-War and such like.

However, the first attempt at the donkey races was around 5pm. But save for a few warm up trial runs by donkeys and jockeys there was no race. The trial runs offered much laughter and even screams, however, as every now and then a donkey would start heading to the crowd.

There was also an incident where a donkey and his jockey both fell. How that occurred is still not known.

Meanwhile, there was a solitary female police officer trying her best to control traffic, which was coming from both sides as there was no arrangement in place for the road to be cleared for the donkey race.

The officer was heard complaining that she was the only one assigned and it was impossible for her to be at both ends of the street at the same time.

With attempts being abandoned, the action shifted into the Festival Village with the traditional games and races.

Once these were complete, DJ Push Pop (Craig A. Lake) announced that there will be a second attempt at the donkey races.

He acknowledged that there had been traffic control issues the first time out and that these had now been resolved. "We had one officer trying to control a thousand people," Mr Lake joked.

However, when the action again moved to the road way it was more or less a repeat of the first attempt, with no racing taking place save for a few warm up runs.

Eventually children were being offered rides on the donkeys as it was clear that there was to be no donkey races this year.

When this news site caught up with the Carrot Bay Festival Committee Chairperson, Judy Ann Wade, she acknowledged that there had been no official donkey race but could not at the time say why this was so.

Things took a turn for the worse when those who had ventured outside to witness the donkey races were then asked to pay in order to get back into the venue. Some of them had their children to collect from inside and were told that they could not get in unless they paid.

Festival activities this year have been marred by ridiculously late starts and poor participation in certain main activities.

On the positive side, however, there were hardly any reports of unruly behaviour by patrons compared to previous years.

17 Responses to “Carrot Bay donkey race a ‘no-go’ after 2 attempts ”

  • ccc (08/08/2015, 10:30) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look trouble again for me
  • Assspectation (08/08/2015, 11:05) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Them donkey was real stuborn
  • Lily Ann (08/08/2015, 11:23) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    They KNOW donkeys are not trained to do these things.... they should have a human guide to keep them on track while running... or have a handler infront trailing the donkey with a rope --- SOMETHING ... You just cant take a wild ownway animal and expect it to be automatically trained in a race
  • janice (08/08/2015, 12:53) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    i wonder if the commissioner of police dont have his officers doing p.t.exercise look at that. and the lady dont seem to be wearing a belt.
    • Faye (08/08/2015, 14:02) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
      She aint supposed to be that size neither .... Seems like the force just take any dog and cat off the road and train them for the Force ... She look like she could run behind anybody ?? Sttruuups !!!
      • Come on (08/08/2015, 20:41) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
        Your comment is very distasteful and ungrateful. I tip my hat to any man or woman, no matter their size or where they from who choose to serve as a police officer and do their bit in trying to secure this place. This same officer might be the one who has to come to your or your family's rescue one day (it may not be a marathon rescue). She might have been the one person around whose presence deterred a thief breaking into your car or home. Why don't you offer yourself with your perfect shape to service and stop talking bull.
        • @,come on (09/08/2015, 16:15) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
          police officer at all times need to be physically fit. Obesity is a hindrance and a hazard and an impediment to the duty of protecting and helping those who pay her salary.
          • be careful (09/08/2015, 20:04) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
            she might just be the one to save your life and her performance might shock you. Be careful!
    • Look Nah (08/08/2015, 20:19) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Janice you a real itch. Some discriminating…at least she doing her job but you are working your ignorant arse!
  • long look me come from (08/08/2015, 13:56) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    One police assigned now carrot bay is a local thing see how they treat the locals
  • Hmm (08/08/2015, 18:09) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    The commissioner should be a shame of himself, to have one officer on duty at this time . But to think about it, the officer in charge don't even show up to work on a regular much less a function such as this. scweeps waste of time.
  • ddb (08/08/2015, 19:31) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Still sucking sour grapes huh?!!!!
  • no jackdonkey (08/08/2015, 19:43) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Smart donkey!
    The horses should take lessons from the we donkeys and refuse to be tortured.
  • Local (08/08/2015, 23:25) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    everything this year was a total faliure NDP again yall
  • simple (09/08/2015, 13:39) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    Blame the representative Fahie for the failure of the Carrot Bay Festival & donkey race. Shaina would have done better. We will take care of him next elections because he has the Carrot Bay people angry with how he Fahie mash up their Festival.
    • whoaaas (09/08/2015, 15:10) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Simple you sound like the simpleton that you are. You are nothing short of a real jack arze!
    • Lily Ann (09/08/2015, 16:00) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Strruups !!! Carrot Bay was THE BEST ... besides Town


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