The Island Roots Heritage Festival Committee had a large crowd and great participation for their annual Guy Fawkes Day event on November 8 at the basketball court in New Plymouth.
The event which Annabelle Cross, Committee Head, said was started to “bring back some of the old traditions”, is one of several fundraisers held each year to support the annual Island Roots Heritage Festival (IRHF).
The festival is one of the premier events held in Abaco each year and takes place over a three day period in the spring time.
Mrs. Cross said she is pleased with the turnout and support this year. “We had a really good turn out and a lot of support from the community.”
Members of the community brought meals and baked good for the committee to sell. Items on the menu included pulled pork sandwiches, chili, and conch chowder along with Johnny Cake, fudge and a variety of cakes and snacks.
During the evening numbers were sold for a “cake walk” – a game where numbers are placed on the ground and people walk in a circle until the music stops, a random number is called and the person on the number wins a cake. The night was very successful as all four cake walks were sold out.
People in the community made their own versions of the infamous Guy Fawkes. After they were registered for the competition they had a “dance with Guy” event, and the judges afterward selected their favorite Guy Fawkes. The winner was Keith Sawyer and his ‘Terminator’ Guy Fawkes.
After all the festivities concluded the eleven Guys were carried out to Settlement Point where they were set on fire with the Green Turtle Cay Fire and Rescue service managing the bonfire.
Mrs. Cross was thankful for all the support shown by the people of the community, and those who came from the mainland as well as the support from many of the visitors to the island.