The festival officially opened on Monday, 6th June, 2011, and featured activities which included a Queen Pageant, a Junior Calypso Competition, Senior Calypso Competition, a Reggae and Soca Band-o-Rama Explosion, J’ouvert Jam and street parade
Following the street parade yesterday (13th June), patrons of the festival converged at the Sand Box, Maynard’s Park, for a cool down jam, for which musical entertainment was provided by the Grand Masters Band.
Consultant and Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Green Valley Festival Committee, Altonia Springer, told this publication that all the events were well attended, with the Band-o-Rama night being the only exception. She said though there were minor hitches, the festival was a success.
“The festival; it was a success. Participation was good; people came out in their numbers. We are also pleased with the sponsorship this year, without which the festival may not have been possible. There was a great turnout for the queen show and the same was for the calypso show. The soca night was not as well attended as we would have hoped. With regard to the j’ouvert celebrations, it was successful. We had Kollision on the road and we had lots of persons from around the coming out and enjoying themselves and supporting us.
“Later that day there was the parade and although it started a little late, it was still a good parade. There were the folklore troupes, the kiddies troupe and others. Later that night on the basketball court at Maynard’s park, we had the cool down and many attended that too so the official close to Green Valley was also a success.”
Springer commended all who participated in making the 15th annual Green Valley celebrations the success that they were.
“I would like to commend the Cayon and surrounding communities for their participation. I also would like to comment the parliamentary representative for the area, Eugene Hamilton, LIME and also Big Lice for the Green Valley Pub and for extending good treatment to persons even after the festival activities were concluded and for keeping the atmosphere and the spirit of the festival up. I also would like to thank Vernon, our Chairperson who did a great job and all those who were part of the committee. All who participated in any way, shape or form, I extend thanks to you as well.”