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July 9, 2014
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Despite low turnout Boston Jerk Festival deemed successful
Gareth Davis Sr, Star Writer

These jerk vendors prepare to sell to waiting customers. - Gareth Davis photos

A vendor checks on his meat during the Boson Jerk Festival.

The Tropical Lagoon Resorts-sponsored Boston Jerk and Musical Festival, which attracted a low turnout of patrons was deemed a success by the organisers, who are optimistic about next year's staging.

Held on Sunday at the Boston Community Centre in Portland, the event was billed as a family-oriented event, one with special emphasis placed on providing a kiddies village to attract the children.

Event organiser Colin Bell, explained that the event can be considered a success, as the festival, which was hurriedly put together, managed to attract approximately 3,500 patrons, who were more than satisfied with the entertainment package, the attractions and the food.

"The families came out to the event," said Bell. "There were at least a thousand children and the remainder were adults. It is not the kind of turnout that we expected, but given the fact that we only had three weeks to plan this event, we are grateful. We took the decision to host this festival at the last minute, after learning that the Portland Jerk festival was cancelled. Therefore we were just filling that void for this year."

Patrons were treated to a day of festivity and the many food stalls showcased the traditional Boston jerk pork, which was prepared in its authentic sauce, along with other delicacies including jerk rabbit, reindeer, lobster, shrimp, conch and fish.

The kiddies village, which comprised a bounce-a-bout, trampoline, water slide, mechanical bull and a swing, was heavily populated by children, who were fully entertained throughout the day.

A near dangerous accident at Boundbrook, involving members of the Fab 5 band, caused a delay to the start of the stage show, but it went ahead after those involved were declared fit to perform.

The patrons were treated to good performances from George Nooks, Admiral Tibet, Wayne J, Ezran and Gage. All had patrons dancing and singing to their popular songs of choice.

"The patrons got their money's worth, and I am happy that we were able to host this festival as Portland deserves its own annual festival. I will be willing to do this all over again, but let me state categorically and equivocally; that this will only happen should there be another cancellation of the Portland Jerk Festival next year. Should that happen, then I will be willing to fill that void. I will also give my full support to the Portland Jerk Festival upon its return," Bell added.

Gem Myers performing.

Admiral Tibet thrills the patrons.

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