Black River Day was a huge success - organisers
A section of the crowd at Black River Day.
The organisers of the sixth staging of Black River Day are overjoyed at the tremendous support from residents and visitors alike as the town was packed with throngs of patrons bedazzled by the myriad of sights and sounds on display at the event. There was even a mechanical bull for the amusement for those daring enough to attempt the ride.
The event, which combines music, the culinary arts, a health fair, entrepreneurial forum and an education fair, was apparently a huge success. Last Friday, travellers to the town found that on their arrival, the town bridge and the courthouse were already fully decorated in Jamaican colours in preparation for the festival and for Jamaican Independence Day, which will take place soon on August 6th.
"Black River day has seen its biggest success to date with over 30,000 people both local and visitors coming into the town, taxis ran as far as from Mandeville,Santa Cruz, Sav-Lamar to Black River all night long," one of the principal organisers, music personality GT Taylor, said.
There were performers in the JCDC Big Stage contest, a gospel show during the day, stilt walkers and a mento band in the JAG Myers Park are part of the celebration, geared towards boosting the Black River economy. The crown jewel of the day's festivities was a stage show in the nght with seasoned reggae and gospel stars.
"Great performances highlighted the day and night event, George Nooks brought the house down in the daytime for the gospel concert, and there were excellent performance from Wayne Marshall, Admiral Tibet, Singer J and Vershon. We do hope that the St. Elizabeth Parish Council will see that this event ought to enjoy greater investment because the Black River chapter of the chamber is doing what the council and local government should be doing,and that is lift the historic town of Black River," GT Taylor said.
GT Taylor and Don P handled hosting duties during the night event.