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Norgrove, Shorey rule in Oistins

LISA KING, [email protected]

Norgrove, Shorey rule in Oistins

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Flying fish boning has a new queen in Jacqueline Norgrove after she dethroned last year’s champ Gracelyn Moseley.

However, Tyrone Shorey is still king of the Dolphin Skinning Competition, which he has won for the last 15 years.

Shorey, who skinned, deboned and filleted a dolphin in one minute and seven seconds, walked away with the $1 000 prize.

Norgrove also won $1 000, but even though she was not the first to finish scaling and boning her 12 flying fish, her precision, clean cuts and presentation helped her to cop the prize in the signature competitions of the FLOW Oistins Fish Festival, which concluded yesterday.

Members of the public who wanted to showcase their skills got the chance to scale and bone two flying fish for the opportunity to win $100.

There were small numbers taking in the activities during the afternoon, but that grew to a moderate crowd by evening.

Vendors reported mixed sales. Sheila Dowridge, who has been a vendor for the last six years, said sales were not good this year or last year.

She had issues with her stall allocation, noting that she usually got two stalls, but was told this year she could only get one, and then at the last minute was offered another stall some distance away.

Krystal Thompson said it was her second time at the festival and she would give it another try next year even though sales were not as she would have liked.

Thompson called for more reasonable pricing of stalls.

Santia Jones, of Santia’s Treats, said for her second year, she had seen some improvement in her sales. Jones, who sold only popcorn last year, added fishcakes and pigtails to her menu and plans to come bigger next festival.

Captain Elton Greaves led the Barbados Landship through their usual routine, except for the Maypole, and the Tuk Revolution Barbados took to the streets with three Mother Sallys.

There was keen rivalry in the John Boyce Road Tennis Competition, and the greasy pole was popular with the young men.

Entertainment was provided by the Barbados Community College Band, the Frederick Smith Pop Band, Parkinson School Band, line dancing and a karaoke competition. (LK)