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VG Festival pulls through without Committee

- Given high marks for success
The annual parade was a colourful affair. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The organisers of the Virgin Gorda Festival were given high marks for pulling off the three day event, which culminated on April 9, 2012 despite the challenges they confronted during the pre-planning stages of the annual affair.

This is the opinion of Rhodni Skelton, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of VI Festival and Fairs Committee, who disclosed that the planning of the Festival fell on the shoulders of two individuals - Franklyn Walters and Sharon Flax-Mars.

“Given the fact that there was no Committee, these two citizens took the bull by its horn and began organising the family oriented event that has been a Virgin Islands tradition for over 50 years, within a few weeks,” Skelton told Virgin Islands News Online.

“By all indications from the number of persons that came on the ferries, I think the events were well supported…I think the Virgin Gorda economy was given a boost.”

The highlights of the Festival included the highly competitive Calypso competition, the Fisherman’s Tournament and the grand parade.

Funding an issue

Although an additional $40,000 was allocated to the Festival, the PRO revealed that the money was used to cushion the gap left by sponsors.

“…because of the late planning, sponsors did not step up to the plate, so that money had to be used to keep things afloat,” he added.

However, Skelton is optimistic that planning for next year’s Festival will be sorted out well in advance by a “solid Committee and better planning and marketing.”

He is also urging residents to come on board to make the VG Festival a success, adding, “Don’t just sit back and criticize…if you see something give your feedback. It will benefit everyone.”

This year’s Festival was held under the theme, “A cultural reflection among ourselves, for Virgin Gorda’s festival 2012”.

17 Responses to “VG Festival pulls through without Committee ”

  • Praise all (11/04/2012, 07:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kudos to Ms. Telemacque. Don't give up
  • virgin son (11/04/2012, 08:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    excellent job Franklyn Walters ...where was hubert????
    • quiet observer (11/04/2012, 08:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      hmmm yes good job frankie.... hubert only show up for elections when he wan vote
      • dicegirl (11/04/2012, 09:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Where is our representative Ralph that you all put in
        • facts for ayo (11/04/2012, 11:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Uncle Ralph was right dey in the red suv watching the parade...I anit see myron or Hubert only Makr and Dr. Smith
          • ccc (11/04/2012, 15:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            yea me see Mark and the Doc
          • Present (11/04/2012, 19:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            You must be blind then. Myron was right there. How could you miss that tall, dark and handsome man in that nice powder blue. linen shirt. I think I spotted Marlon as well
          • storm (12/04/2012, 05:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            since when the funny man get handsome? strupppssss go look again
    • voter (11/04/2012, 10:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Come on we will see him closer to elections as usual!
  • real talk (11/04/2012, 10:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    AWFULL LINE UP FOR FESTIVAL... THE LOCAL ARTISTS WERE THE BEST THING ON THE LINE UP.... SHOWTIME, RITICAL, TINO, SESSION, THE CALYPSONIANS.. LETS HOPE THEY MADE THEIR FAIR SHARE OF THE MONIES.... SUNDAY NITE WAS THE BEST. SATURDAY SUCKED AND MONDAY WAS DISORGANIZED. LETS HOPE FOR BETTER NXT YEAR.
    • @ real talk (11/04/2012, 11:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      get your backside up and contribute and stop critizing
      • real talk (11/04/2012, 13:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        SO ONLY COMMITTEE MEMBERS SHOULD CRITICIZE??? EVERYONE CANT BE ON THE FESTIVAL COMMITTEE. MY CONCERNS IS FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE FESTIVAL. I WANT TO C IT BETTER. IF YOU DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT, BLOCK UR EARS!!!!
    • Ty-Rexx (12/04/2012, 15:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      . . . .so good to hear the local artists getting SOME kind of props . . . . . .
  • Polo (11/04/2012, 11:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    one of the things that needs to be done before ayo go forward is to get rid of some of dem sub-committee chairs who tend to be the source of confusion!!!!
  • We Gonna Do This Thing!!! (11/04/2012, 14:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    kudos Franky..... You're a leader since our school days..... I say VG next district Rep!!! Brace yourself!!
  • goblin (11/04/2012, 15:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The car show is the highlight of the vg carnival look at the past years to this one especially 2011 they need to link with bmsa to make it a better carnival espesially for the food fair this year it was a disaster with out the car show open ur eyes and see
    • forward ever (12/04/2012, 05:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      yea we miss the car show on tola too we have to bring back capital productions....


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