Organizers hail Green Valley Festival a success

Green Valley Queen – Jerleen Pemberton
Junior Calypso King – King Leo
Calypso Queen – Lady Diva
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ZIZ Newsroom, Basseterre, May 29, 2012

An increase in participation, zero incidents and better turnouts are the reasons the organizing committee has dubbed the 16th Annual Green Valley Festival a huge success.

The activities coordinator for Green Valley, Altonia Springer commended the security forces for maintaining peace throughout the festivities.

She said “We went through all these things and we were wondering if we could pull it off but definitely we did, and I must say that anything we do we gotta put God first. Everything went smoothly. No fighting…My gratitude goes out to the police and the army. They did a great job.”

Springer also made special mention of the first ever “Night Of The Local Stars” event. She said all the performers did a great job.

She said “I really must commend the supporters because we really have difficulty when it comes to locals supporting local music but that night, trust me, all the artists had a massive performance. Infamous in particular, put on a real, real show.”

The concert was held in tribute to the late Masud Sadiki.

In other Green Valley events, Jerleen Pemberton outclassed four other contestants to be crowned the new queen of Green Valley.

Young calypsonian, King Leo, recaptured the Green Valley Junior Calypso title with his song ‘Principle Is Principle’.

Meanwhile, Lady Diva with her tribute to the late Vernon Benjamin and Singing Angie captured the “Singing Angie Green Valley Calypso Crown” with her songs “Honor Their Legacy” and “Calypso Backstabbers.”

The festival ended with the J’ouvert Morning Jam which featured the Rainbow Jouvert Troupe and the Presidential Family Troupe, followed by the Grand Parade Of Troupes, which saw eight troupes taking to the streets, and the Last Lap Jam.

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