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VG Festival Chair hails Committee’s 'success'

VG Committee Chair, Rupert Vanterpool Jr, expressed that his panel had achieved at least ninety per cent of the goals that it set for itself but felt that there were still a few areas that needed work. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN , Tortola, VI – Chairman of the Virgin Gorda Festival Committee, Rupert Vanterpool Jr, has determined that the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival was a success.

The Committee Chair expressed that his panel had achieved at least ninety per cent of the goals that it set for itself but felt that there were still a few areas that needed work.

According to Vanterpool, the Committee met with some amount of difficulty in having certain things readily available when the need arose. He listed examples of these as being generators and trucks.

“Basically it affected us greatly,” he said. The major issue he identified was having the items moved from the mainland of Tortola to Virgin Gorda due to the inaccessibility of boats to transport the required items.

“You can’t call last minute because there are no boats to bring it over from Tortola,” he noted, “that’s one of our shortcomings.”

Though there were approximately ten participants in this year’s Easter Festival Parade, the Committee Chair felt that the participation was ‘really great’ and thanked troupes such as Hugga Bunch, St Thomas Majorettes, Sebastian Majorettes and The Mungo Niles Cultural Dancers that made it all the way from St Thomas to participate in this year’s parade.

“The Committee did a good job… there’s always room for improvement and I appreciate each and every one of the committee members for coming out this year and doing their part,” Vanterpool added.

Vanterpool also thanked sponsors for their various contributions as well as members of the VI Festival & Fairs Committee who came over to assist in making the VG Festival a success.

46 Responses to “VG Festival Chair hails Committee’s 'success'”

  • . (04/04/2013, 08:33) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    No wet fete.. No jouvert..No success...Look like a suck salt to me
  • onlooker (04/04/2013, 08:45) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    how dare you mr chairman put our miss b.v.i. in the back of a pick up truck in the parade. out of order
    very poor planning in not getting a nice transportation to drive her in .
    • Angry Birds (04/04/2013, 10:47) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      You wanted a Lamboghini ?
    • Everest (04/04/2013, 14:57) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      Have you not been to a VG Parade before? What you think they be riding in? I recon the you take a look at pictures from the proceeding years. VG is not Tortola, where they have floats; though I think they should. But your point is outrageous. Then what would you say to St. Thomas, who have their Queen and her court [1st, 2nd, 3rd runners up] walking the parade route?
      • Well Sah (05/04/2013, 08:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        For your Information St Thomas do not have their Queen walking no parade route. The only time Queen in St Thomas gets off of the Float is when they walk into Post Office square. Get your Dawn facts together mehson.
  • qc (04/04/2013, 09:27) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    It was a little better organized but you are not there yet Rupert!
    • me (04/04/2013, 11:43) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      you just a blind as Junior. It was the worst in years
      • mother hen (04/04/2013, 13:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You decide.

      • Jessica (04/04/2013, 22:07) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        I agree. The worse. Troupe from St. Thomas while in the parade had their members dancing to a boom box being held in the troupe leaders hand. What do we think they are going back to St. Thomas to say? I applaud them even though because they choose to continue in the parade. There was a troupe in orange costume, the parade was headed towards the festival village and they were headed in the opposit direction. Lord only knows what happened as to why they left and their costumes were so pretty. Epic Fail.
        • Me (05/04/2013, 10:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          They left to catch the boat.
        • Jen (05/04/2013, 11:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          They were going the opposite way to catch their boat back to St. Thomas.... After all that wait for the parade to start, they were not missing the boat whether parade finish or not! Utter non-sense and poor organization!
  • gotta be kidding me (04/04/2013, 09:32) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Junior you got to be kidding me man!!!! no generator for festival? this has not been a problem for years. trucks and generators should be booked long before the weekend of festival.. you are making stupid excuses for your failures. you were not organized so wasn't your committee. your bad management resulted in an embarrassing jouvert and parade.. poor poor poor job done..
    • dem say (04/04/2013, 10:54) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      Give the man a change he is new at the work
      • A Chance (05/04/2013, 17:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Problem stemmed from how Mr. Blyden dem treated the former committee and Chairman, Mr. Walters. If you rag me up don't expect me to assist you later. These committees behave like they have nothing to learn from the committee that preceded them. So they put themselves in the position to make the same mistakes that the previous committee and committees have made. Point in fact, (According to the school children den) if certain committee members volunteered last year and end up stealing money and the new committee accepts this same person again without getting a history from maybe the previous committee, then they are free to steal money again and again until this new committee moves them away from collecting money. And next year, they will volunteer to steal the committee's money again. Sad. Granny say, a smart committee learns from their mistakes and a wise committee learns from the mistakes of others.
  • east end massive (04/04/2013, 09:40) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    i enjoyed the village entertainment on sunday but no jouvert, no wet fet and the parade on monday was disappointing. i don't consider this a success. step up your game vg.. doh make me spend my $ to come for jouvert and they don't have none.. not good
  • hot gyal (04/04/2013, 09:43) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    This dude got to be trying to either fool himself or fool ppl.. this festival was a disaster..
  • guava berry (04/04/2013, 09:47) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    Good job Vanterpool, you did well based on the circumstances, and this was your first time. Continue to strive for bigger and better success.
    • wdf (04/04/2013, 13:27) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      are you smokin bad bush or wat??? success?? were u in a different festival than the rest of us?? or did junior give u sum guava berry for festival?? we need a change from this poor mismanagement.
  • drake (04/04/2013, 10:01) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply

    his boy f....... got to perform on stage with show time HD...thats the only success he could be talking bout.

    • hater (04/04/2013, 11:56) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Stop hating... People choose to live thier lives however they choose to...
  • Well Sah (04/04/2013, 10:06) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    You gotta me out of the flicking mind. This was one of the worst in years by far. Its obvious no planning was in place. No room books for your entertainers. Calling around for rooms at the last minute. No truck for the jouvert reason no jouvert on the road. No wete fete. No truck, sound system or generators for the parade. Majority of the troupes were from St Thomas and you have the heart call that a success. Its interesting to see what the report have to say in term of the financials for the festival...MB this one make you all look bad. The committee better wheel and come again or a revamp for next year...SMH....
  • wack (04/04/2013, 10:12) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sammy and Challwell them have tons of barges coming to VG everyday from Tola. Junior you a joke!! stop making excuses for your bad planning. And the bathrooms were a disaster
  • think twice (04/04/2013, 10:57) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    How can this be a success? ??? This was the worst EVER in all my years coming to vg! After last years festival being so good and with your enthusiasm of making this year a rememorable one as president , i made it my utmost business to withness it. A total embrassment that needs to be added to the book of records that will forever be the talk of the town. The parade was the pitts, and this was the highlight of what everyone was looking forward to after such a lovely one was organized last year. You acknowledged the troupes from st thomas but what happen to the asps twirlers.

    Hon., MB, and the deputy culture we the public needs to read the financial statements. If it had so much glitches we should have plenty money leftover out of 100, 000.

  • What? (04/04/2013, 11:12) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    sucess what?can be always mking history. jouvert in the village , no wet fete because of RAIN .what kins of nonsense is that? the best night was sunday .its best they had pumpa for jouvert and done!!! parade as always was a hot mess. im sorry to say but to me this was the worst and imagine they didnt even spend money to bring suga band nor bring coney island ,so where the hell their money going to not even having a truck set up for jouvert? what kind of sucess this man talking about? i would Love to know.
  • where is the banner? (04/04/2013, 11:13) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    You try, But where is the banner Gumption was to have for the leading of Darvin Gorge Carnival? But don't think Darvin George would be happy with the way this carnival was run. Darvin was a very good man & was to have a carnival to ever re-call in a positive way. Knowing darvin, he would have said you try, "But" This need to be fix,Darvin deserve A true & real Carnival.
  • GoonSquad (04/04/2013, 11:20) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    It was one of the worst VG festival ever. I want to see the figures for I know the govt. will have to put in hundreds more. Not organized at all.
  • tola (04/04/2013, 11:32) Like (17) Dislike (45) Reply
    Mr vi show time is the hottest band in the vi right now an u bring a out side band for juvet glad the trucks an generator ant work sorport ur own boss man
    • Virgin Gordian (04/04/2013, 12:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      • me (04/04/2013, 13:12) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
        you nuts to say it was a success. Jueve dont be in no village. so what if it was a sponsor, they had need to have the truck ready long time. poor planning.
  • HAHA (04/04/2013, 12:13) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Today is not April fool dude.....
  • VG 2 DE BONE (04/04/2013, 13:33) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Minister of culture and Mr. Blyden... Please find a responsible president to run VG festival.. Junior seem to be an educated guy but his leadership and people skills are not cutting it. Lets put and end to the BS and fix this issue the right way
  • tola (04/04/2013, 13:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yea we'll don't let your sponsor money go 2 waste fool u ever hear bout Joubert in the village foll
  • Realist (04/04/2013, 14:31) Like (8) Dislike (23) Reply
    Bring back Frankie!!!
  • Family Feud (04/04/2013, 14:37) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    dem say some ah he committee members waz underminding he...set of fake ppl
    • @family feud (04/04/2013, 16:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      talk about underminding. It was all happening at the Ms Easter Show!
    • . (04/04/2013, 18:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Nothing to doubt. Probably the Frankie supporters. Advantage can't done in this place.
    • Strupes (05/04/2013, 06:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      He's known for poor management..... don't try make excuses
  • DarkVader (04/04/2013, 15:03) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply

    I blame ,Mr. N. W.....y. He said he would sponsor the jouvert, provide truck etc. and he did not come through. This put the committee in a spot very late. If he know he would not come through, he should have said so from early. He is from VG and should have want to see festival go right. Nevertheless, the committee would learn now to have a backup plan when they dealing with people like Mr. W........y. Rup... has to also learn to delegate. This was new to him but I guess he now understand you cannot do everything yourself. It was one of the worst festival in VG I have ever been to.

    • sad (04/04/2013, 19:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Pure lies. He was helping with the Coney Island. Who pay for bunji charter flight back to Trini
  • . (04/04/2013, 15:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nothing to doubt. Probably the Frankie supporters. Advantage can't done in this place.
  • SMH (04/04/2013, 15:36) Like (24) Dislike (8) Reply
    He so wanted to outdo the old committee, he ended up screwing he own self.... Dude your focus should have been on putting on a good festival not trying to make others look bad..
  • @@@@@@ (04/04/2013, 20:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The boy young and got milk in his face!!!!
  • vg massive (04/04/2013, 22:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    no wet fet due to rain? dude, do you hear what it is called, WET FET!!! water all the way at the back of the parade, them poor kids aint tired complain. one of vg's most active band not apart of the carnival, i understand that band has a past calypsonian, a lead singer who writes for alot of people who have actually won road march abroad and one of the baddest producers in the world and has the potential to back any generators or trucks? big artist like saucy performed on tracks??? well that one mek me hold meh vybes was not even sponsored by the committee? well this is it.....ooooohhh and the calypso show was weak i want to know where the brass and sax man them was ???.....what is really wrong with this story. Please start the nomination for a new committee. even though this was vanterpool first time, nothing is wrong with asking past members for advice. one hand cant clap.....
  • Harry (05/04/2013, 07:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No success Mr. Vanterpool and you know it…most people were disappointed and local bands were shut out and you owe the lady money who brought her stuff for the prince and princess show that never took place!!!!
  • Audit (08/04/2013, 10:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mister Minister and MB, You all need to do an audit of the festival there. Seems like some under hand things went on with the funds....

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