Beeston Spring Got Talent Competition.
This small, quaint community in Westmoreland, Jamaica was abuzz on July 27th with it's hosting of the 2nd annual exciting talent competition - the grand final.
My-Island-Jamaica.com was (happily) there, and from our estimate, close to 3,000 patrons converged at the community center, that's the majority of the small community in one place - old and young, - even dogs were there!
It was the culmination of the weekly eliminations which started on May 25th - 10 weeks of complete thrill and excitement!
Auditions were held at Packi Tree/Thatch Valley, Shady Grove, Lime Tree Lane and Robins River, and saw entries from the old and young, man and woman, rastamen and bald heads in dancing, singing, deejay,comedy acts and skits.
Intermission saw children participating in cheese trix (snacks) eating contests and dancing contests, while adults entertained in beer drinking and bun eating contests - as well as dance offs for spot prizes - which included phone credit.
I was very impressed by the quality of the performances at the final though. As I noted on our facebook page, these performances could have competed strongly at the parish and even the national levels!
The inaugural event (last year) was great, but compared to this year, in the words of one of the key coordinator, "last year was just a trial"; this year was that good!
What impressed me also was the fact that there was no police, no security - no need!
At one point I was certainly worried about how the audience would respond to the final decision of the judges but they proved that that was 'no worries'.
People were passionate about their favorite performers yes, but everyone got along well - was all just pure fun coupled with a great community spirit.
But what else could we say was the highlight of the 10 week event?
My-Island-Jamaica.com posed the question to Adriana Beltrani, a volunteer for the United States Peace Corps doing charity work in the community, and also an ardent supporter of the event.
"Everyone would have a different highlight - maybe it was the girl falling off the stage from dancing so hard, or the dance group that kept going even after one member was stung by a wasp.
Or maybe it was seeing their favorite win, or coaching their districts contestant during practices.
Or perhaps it was the food, including the delectable fried chicken, or the deejays' rhymes". :-)
The event was sponsored by Mr. Michael Brown - a native and another ardent community individual and strong believer in the people of the community. According to Mr. Brown,
"I have lived other places, but no where else is like Beeston Spring!".
The community wishes to express thanks to the organizers and executive committee members:
Certainly a model performance for any community! Well done team,
Now the world understands why you won the prestigious prize of Best Community In Jamaica in 2010!
*And yes, your's truly is a product of this outstanding community :-)
Understandably, the community members are now demanded more!
The committee however is aware, and are making immediate plans to continue to keep the community engaged, which includes a 20/20 cricket competition!
Beeston Spring is a small, approximately a 5,000 person community in eastern Westmoreland.
It is just about 7 minutes north east of the famous Bluefields Beach or NorthWest, approximately 10 minutes, from the famous fishing community of Whitehouse.
For a quick background to the community, click here.
The community also provides tours as part of its community tourism project. For further information or community contact:
Beeston Spring CDC,
Beeston Spring P.O,
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