Basseterre, St. Kitts, Monday, March 28th, 2016 – People from Constituency #7 and across St. Kitts and Nevis came to Black Rocks for the annual Good Friday Kite-Flying Competition and Family Fun Day. The event is hosted every year by Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, the Parliamentary Representative for Constituency #7.
The Easter festivities started at 11:00am, and by 2:00pm hundreds of people had gathered to have a good time.
There were excited chants of “Feed it! Feed the kite!” as the crowds encouraged kite-flying participants to sustain the ascent of their kites.
A team of three friends from Nevis participated in the kite-flying competition for the first time. The kite measuring 96 inches x 108 inches was their largest creation ever, and it took a long time to get the behemoth up in the air.
As many as 11 persons manned the really big kites; the largest one in the competition was 140 inches x 84 inches. Antonio Williams of Saddlers flew the largest kite and won a $750.00 cash prize. Kelston Hazel flew the most creative kite and won a cash prize of $350.00. Nigel Browne of Tabernacle flew his kite the highest and won a cash prize of $300.00. This was Mr. Browne’s second time winning the highest-flying kite prize in the annual competition. The oldest person who flew a kite at the event, 74-year-old Norris Taylor of Tabernacle, won $150.00 and a case of drinks.
The Family Fun Day planning committee intends to increase the cash prize for the largest kite by $250.00 to $1,000.00 next year.
In cricket, four teams went up against each other. Len & Crew was comprised mostly of primary school-aged children and led by Len Harris, the Prime Minister’s brother. GPP of Tabernacle came second, and Bangers representing Belle Vue and Saddlers came first. Kyran Browne, a former member of the National Under 13 and Under 15 cricket teams, led Bangers. The Bangers team is celebrating its first win after several years of participating in the annual Family Fun Day cricket tournament.
Four domino players moved on to the finals after surviving eight competitive rounds in the tournament.
The cricket and domino prizes consist of cases of drinks.
Around 6:30pm, heavy rains caused a premature end to an exciting event. So a number of scheduled activities such as the domino finals, the tug-of-war, and prize-giving ceremony were put off to another day. The new date is set tentatively for the Labour Day weekend.