“‘All agreed’ on Crop of changes”

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There was an agreement between tent managers and the National Cultural Foundation every step of the way for the changes to the Pic-O-De-Crop competition.

Yesterday, Carol Roberts-Reifer, chief executive officer of the NCF, responded to a tent manager, insisting that there had been discussion and agreement in the lead up to changes to the centrepiece of the annual Crop Over Festival.

Eleanor Rice-Watkins, manager of All Stars Calypso Tent, voiced her reservations about the competition changes – that will now have calypsonians singing one song rather than two in the final – while taking part in the Starcom Network Fireworks show, which is dedicated to discussing Crop Over related matters.

Rice Watkins said she gave in to the majority on the matter.

“I said I would go with it because . . . the majority is what you had asked for and I said, okay, I will . . . But when I submitted my final option to you I said I am not for it, but I will sign because it is to let the Crop Over Festival go on,” she said.

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