New instruments were awarded, on December 11, 2007, to winners of BahamArts “Battle of the Bands” competition, during a presentation at the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation, East Bay Street. Pictured, from left, are Corporal Theodore Campbell (Farm Road), Assistant Superintendent of Police Ronald Campbell, Corporal Nadia Young (Farm Road), Rudolph Pratt, Jr., (St Barnabas), BAIC Chairman Edison M. Key, James Hutchinson, Yonell Justilien (Government High), Lakishna Johnson (C. C. Sweeting) and Sergeant Rudolph Pratt, Sr., (St Barnabas). (Photo by Tim Aylen)
By GLADSTONE THURSTON
NASSAU, The Bahamas — Celestine Albury’s wood carvings captured the BahamArts Festival ‘best booth award.’ And all-time favourite Farm Road and the Government High School shared top honours in the battle of the bands.
They received their awards during ceremonies at Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation’s headquarters from Chairman Edison M. Key, on Tuesday, December 11, 2007.
In the best booth category, Sharon Ferguson was second, Emily Munnings, third, and Hyacinth Hanna, fourth. Assistant Superintendent of Police Ronald Campbell of the Royal Bahamas Police Force was singled out for his contribution to organizing the “Battle of the Bands” competition for four years.
“We have seen tremendous growth in this event that has attracted hundreds of young persons to the BahamArts festival,” said Mr. Key.
“The wide variety of products on display at BahamArts demonstrated beyond any doubt the validity of the authentic Bahamian product.
“The many persons who flocked the show couldn’t help but marvel at the fine degree to which Bahamian products have evolved.”
He applauded BAIC’s Handicraft Development and Marketing Department, host of the BahamArts festival. “Through their courses in souvenir creation held throughout the islands, they are at the forefront of keeping the Bahamian dream alive,” said Mr. Key.