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The Bahamas' 40th birthday was celebrated in Man-O-War Cay with a day of sports, activities, food, and lots of family fun. Man-O-War has been celebrating the country's independence with a fun sports day since 1974. The day began with sports activities for 16 years and under, at the softball field. The field activities ended with a tug of war: the older men vs. younger men, and older women vs. younger women. The older men and women won this year. It would seem they were older, wiser AND stronger.

Man-O-War celebrates Forty Years

Competitors on the Slippery Pole in Man-O-War. Photo by Char Albury.
Competitors on the Slippery Pole in Man-O-War. Photo by Char Albury.

The Bahamas’ 40th birthday was celebrated in Man-O-War Cay with a day of sports, activities, food, and lots of family fun. Man-O-War has been celebrating the country’s independence with a fun sports day since 1974.

The day began with sports activities for 16 years and under, at the softball field. The field activities ended with a tug of war: the older men vs. younger men, and older women vs. younger women. The older men and women won this year. It would seem they were older, wiser AND stronger.

The rest of the day’s sports activities took place at the harbour’s side with swimming and diving competitions. The adults also competed in the diving. Then the adult fun activities began. They competed in woodsawing, nailing, conch breaking and skinning, and the slippery pole. The crowds especially gathered for the conch breaking and the slippery pole. There are records set in each activity that the competitors are eager to break every year. Feel free to view the pictures on Man-O-War Independence Day 2013 Facebook page.

The day ended at the softball field with grilled dinner, awards presentations, and a beautiful fireworks display thanks to Lucas Albury.

There are T-shirts for sale that will help with the expenses of the next years’ celebration. The committee wants to thank all those who helped in any way. There were some hurdles to get over this year, but with all the extra help it was a fabulous day. A very special thanks also to Man-O-War Grocery for donating all of the drinks.

 

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