11th Annual High Rock Sea Fest set for August Monday holiday

Final plans were announced for the 11th Annual High Rock Sea Fest, which organizers promise to be an exciting, funfilled event this August Monday holiday. Pictured from left are Elaine Smith, Ministry of Tourism Grand Bahama Coordinator of Product Development and Chairman of the Association, pastor Pedyson Baillou. (PHOTO: JENNEVA RUSSELL)

Residents young and old are invited to the 11th Annual High Rock Sea Fest that takes place on Monday, August 7 at the East End Primary School from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Representatives from the High Rock Sea Fest Association along with the Ministry of Tourism held a press conference on Wednesday (August 2) on Taino Beach to provide information on the event.

Elaine Smith, Ministry of Tourism Grand Bahama Coordinator of Product Development stated that the festival is designed to showcase and celebrate the rich heritage of the High Rock community with a special emphasis on seafood.

“During this year’s festival, attendees can look forward to enjoying live stage performances, traditional games and delicious Bahamian specialties from the East,” she said.

She added that activities would include plaiting the maypole, corn shucking, along with watermelon eating and fish scaling contests.

Entertainment will be provided by Dyson Knight, the Royal Bahamas Police (RBPF) Pop Band (GB District), Wilfred Solomon and the Magnetics, and a Junkanoo rush-out.

“Local fishermen and vendors will be on site selling their fresh caught delicacies and tasty Bahamian treats,” she said.

Smith furthered that the Ministry of Tourism is proud to partner with the High Rock Sea Fest Association, which is spearheaded by the Chairman of the Association, pastor Pedyson Baillou.

She explained that the Ministry of Tourism’s role in this Festival is to facilitate cultural exchange between locals and visitors. They do this by arranging complimentary transportation for visitors on the island, organizing live entertainment from local musicians and bands and promoting the festival throughout the island.

Baillou stated that this is the moment to give thanks to God for being able to conduct the festival.

“God has been good and in all things we give thanks,” he said.

He added that the event would kick off with a gospel concert on Sunday (August 6) where various churches will gather to give thanks to God.

Baillou emphasized that it is important for everyone to attend the festival and enjoy the activities, food, drinks and overall ambiance of the event.

He revealed that the proceeds from the festival would go towards the completion of the community center in High Rock, which they will continue to upgrade to create a youth center.

“Various organizations use it but we want to take it to another level where we will computerize it,” he said.

He added that some Members of Parliament would also attend the festival including the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and MP for East Grand Bahama the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest.

Baillou finally thanked the various sponsors and partners who helped in conducting the festival such as BTC, Flamingo Air, the Ministry of Tourism, Municipal Motors, and others.

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