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The releasing of the land crabs is a sight unto itself, but being able to eat these land crabs cooked 114 ways is enough to make you hop on the boat or plane, or at least find the best way to roll their wheelchair to Andros for the Whit Monday holiday weekend.
Add in performances by the Spank Band, Elon "The Crabman" Moxey, Stileet, Veronica Bishop, Geno D, Terez Hepburn, Funky D, KB, Her Majesty's Prison Pop Band, the drumming of John "Chippie" Chipman, a Junkanoo rush-out and you have the All Andros Crab Fest -- an event not to be missed.
"It's all love, play, joy and happiness, and a time to get back to our friendly, old-time Bahamian roots where everyone is family and friend," says Peter Douglas, chairman and one of the founders of the All Andros Crab Fest, which will be celebrated today through Monday, June 13 at Queen's Park in Fresh Creek, Andros. "What makes Crab Fest fun is that you're getting back to one of our deepest sustainable events, as these land crabs are a great cultural part of us as Bahamians."
The 14th festival is an attraction for thousands of visitors to the Fresh Creek community for the holiday weekend, based on the heritage and culture, surrounding the crabbing industry. With anywhere from 8,000 to 15,000 visitors -- Bahamians as well as Europeans and North Americans -- expected to descend on "The Big Yard," Douglas says visitors will get the opportunity to engage in a culinary enjoyment of crab dishes, and learn about land crabs and their cultural significance as well.
Events surround Crab Fest all take place at a two-acre site with 40 stalls which make a "U" shape around the perimeter of the grounds with a stage at one end and live crab habitat at the base of the U. In the middle of this "U" shape is where you will find all the activities that offer some kind of fun for everyone. Crab clipping contests, crab preparation demonstrations, crab culinary contests, a crab dance contest, a crab song contest, biggest crab contest, a crab race contest, means that Androsians who celebrate all things crab will find an activity to engage in.
For those that are wary of the land crab, there's still a number of fun activities to participate in that doesn't involve a crustacean snapping a gigantic claw at you -- like watermelon eating, onion peeling and coconut barking.
Rochell Mackey's story telling will be the thing for those people that just like to sit quietly and listen. Students from Central and North Andros Schools will also stage a cultural performance contest surrounding the Andros crabbing culture. So there is a form of entertainment for everyone that attends.
"Crab Fest is fun because you're getting back to one of our deepest sustainable events and we're very proud of this festival as it's the fastest growing Family Island festival. The attraction at the Crab Fest site is the cultural crab culinary dishes available for purchase, the live crab habitat, the release of hundreds of crabs at the opening of the event, also the entertainment and stars."
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Desmond Bannister said on September 19, 2009, that the First Annual North and Central Andros Back to School Basketball Classic is an event to bring together residents from all over Andros, and showcase the four recently-repaired basketball courts.
The late arrival of the Androsian squads, due to a conflicting charter scheduling, will force the men's team to play a triple header today in the Bahamas Softball Federation's (BSF) National Round Robin Championships.?The two teams landed in Grand Bahama, late last evening, to play in the tournament being held in honor of Sandra Wells and Wilfred 'Big Ben' Beneby.
Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas - It wasn't a typical school day for 32 students and teachers of Holmes Rock Primary School when they journeyed to the 'Big Yard' recently. Instead of studies at desks and chairs in the classroom, the delights of Andros unfolded before their eyes during their one-day excursion arranged by Bahamas Educational Tours (BET).
"As teachers we always seek ways to bring our lessons to life. This trip was planned so that these students would be able to see things firsthand that they formerly only read about in textbooks," explained
T'shuria Moss, grade 3 teacher, Holmes Rock Primary.
Nassau, Bahamas – July 30, 2012 – In 2010 they gave you BIG. In 2011 they gave you BIGGER and now the Hatchet Bay Festival Committee promises to give you the BIGGEST festival EVER: Bay Fest 2012- The Best Is Yet To Come! August 1-6th, The Hatchet Bay Festival Committee will give you FIVE unforgettable days of summer unlike any other at Bay Fest 2012 in Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (May 22, 2012) – Twenty seven Cirrus aircraft representing the largest number of airplanes ever to be received as a group at The White Crown FBO, recently touched down in North Eleuthera for their annual Bahamas Fly In. The 27 planes brought some 60 persons to Eleuthera and included the pilots, their spouses and guest. The group was hosted for a weekend of fun and relaxation at Valentine and Coral Sands Hotels, Harbor Island. As in the past, the trip served as an introduction on flying to The Bahamas for a large percentage of the group, many who have never flown over the ocean before.
Freeport, Grand Bahama -- Management at The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) got a chance to sample the island's newest vitamin beverage, 'Junkanoo Splash', when manufacturer, Kindra Crawford paid a recent courtesy call.
The Androsia fabric company is claiming the sale of a batik material with a "Bahamian" design by a well-known fabric store has "dramatically affected" their operations, with staff hours at its Andros factory allegedly reduced as a result.
Jeff Birch, president of Androsia, said the move by popular fabric retailer, Home Fabrics, has limited Androsia's ability to grow in recent years.
However, Home Fabrics maintains that while they do sell a "batik fabric", Androsia does not have the sole rights to produce such fabric,
“Awwww, they scared, they scared…” was the chant of some schools participating in Cheermania 2012, the primary school cheerleading competition hosted by Bahamas Star Gymnastics in conjunction with Bahamas Gymnastics Parent Booster Club. The event, formerly Dancing with the Stars, witnessed a doubling of participating teams in the second year of competition with a showcase of talent, energy and hours of preparation on Saturday March 24, 2012 at The Source River Complex (formerly Bacardi plant). Defending champions, St. Francis/Joseph Primary School, was challenged by St. Anne’s, St. Bede’s, St. Cecelia’s, St. Thomas More and Spanish Wells for the 2012 top spot. By the end of the evening, Spanish Wells School, the smallest team of competitors, clinched the title and the rights to the top prize.