Carriacou Livestock Exhibition.
Tuesday 19th March 1968
On the same day as the opening of Lauriston airstrip a grand Livestock Exhibition was held. It was organised, largely as I recall, by the Exhibition Committee. Mr. Barratt, the Chief Agricultural Officer, called me and asked if I would set up an exhibit for Bishop’s College.
Bishop’s College Exhibit
It so happened that the Geography class had been on a ‘Field Day’ around the island on February 1st. We had also been working on an exhibition for Presentation Evening and we were able to put together a comprehensive exhibit covering, soil (erosion), reefs, vegetation, livestock (distribution and numbers), population figures and local produce. A number of students from my Geography class in 5A and my Biology class from Form 4 put the whole thing together in their spare time.
(It would be nice to hear from anyone who can remember being involved in that project.)
12.00 noon Opening speech by Hon. Premier, E.M.Gairy.
Tour of exhibition stalls.
12.15 – 12.45 Show ring judging of Dairy Cattle.
12.45 First DONKEY RACE.
1.20 – 1.30 Show ring judging of Beef Cattle.
1.30 – 1.40 2nd DONKEY RACE.
1.40 – 2.20 Show ring judging of Sheep and Goats.
2.20 – 2.30 Tug of War.
2.30 – 2.40 3rd DONKEY RACE.
2.40 – 3.30 Parade of Winners.
3.30 Prize Giving Ceremony.
Address: Chairman of Exhibition Committee, Mr. Nelson Cox,
District Revenue Officer.
Address: Chief Technical Officer (Agricultural Research).
Presentation of Prizes by Honourable Premier.
Vote of Thanks by Mr. Sydney Cudgoe, Member of
4.45 State Anthem by Carriacou Steel Band.
Premier leaves (to open Lauriston Airstrip).
In the morning everyone worked frantically to put up the exhibits. Just as we finished the rain poured down filling the canvas sheeting and running into the stalls. Luckily, the weather cleared after lunch and enough of the exhibits survived to make a very presentable exhibition.
Everest Alexander and Nell Gabriel acted as representatives for Bishops College. Nell and Mr Alleyne met Mr Gairy and the other dignitaries and explained each of the exhibits. We took the opportunity to emphasise the problems of soil erosion especially on the eastern side of the island. Our models showed how ‘gully’ erosion was destroying good agricultural land and the efforts that were being made to try and resolve this problem.
Soil Conservation Project
George Touchton and myself set up a working link with Mr Barratt and the Agricultural Department. The officers came in to college to give talks on soil erosion and conservation. Mr Barratt arranged for the College to take over a piece of eroded land so we could work on a reclamation project. Unfortunately, I left before the project could be fully initiated.
The Donkey Races were great fun. I seem to remember, though my memory may be suspect, that one was a ‘Slow’ Donkey Race and the winner was the last one over the line. As I recall each contestant tried to hold his own donkey back whilst ‘encouraging’ the opposition donkeys, by whatever means, to go faster. (Does anyone have any recollections of such an event?)
Sheep & Cattle Distribution in Carriacou for 1968.
Someone, somewhere may be interested in these figures.
District Sheep Cattle
Sabazan-Kendace 200 50
Mt. Pleasant 510 130
Grand Bay 205 65
Bay-a-leau, Belvedere, & Limlair 195 85
Dover 110 50
Windward 75 35
La Pelle & Petit Carinage 95 42
Bogles & Cherry Hill 60 35
Craigston 140 18
Belair 135 40
Top Hill 70 45
La Resouce 80 50
Mt. D’or 30 20
Mt. Royal 22 10
Beausejour 110 50
Brunswick 150 48
Prospect Hall 70 25
Six Roads & Dumfries 125 80
Bellvue South & Fairhill 145 100
Belmont 75 45
Harvey Vale & Hermitage 160 120
L’esterre 160 58
Lauriston 290 —
Mt. Desire 30 10
Morne Jalouse 24 20
Petit Martinique 275 25
Totals 3541 1256
I wonder how these figures compare with livestock numbers today?