First Citizens Crop Over Xplosion was off to a great start this afternoon as Barbadians of all walks of life were treated to a host of exciting activities.
Intermittent rain did not deter people as they arrived at King George V Memorial Park with numbers picking up just after 3 p.m. Barbadians could be seen eating snow cones, visiting stalls with their families and enjoying Tuk Band music.
The first ever Pop Up exhibition by the Barbados Museum and Historical Society attracted those interested in learning about the history of the festival.
The Rum Shop was also a popular stop to enjoy the island’s finest rum and socializing with others.
One Barbadian who called herself The Jewelry Woman, expressed her pleasure with the shop, saying, “I like the whole concept of having a rum shop . . . I feel everything local in here and I feel that this is my heritage, growing up as a child and seeing people in a rum shop so I’m enjoying it I’m loving it”.
The Souse Eating Competition caught the attention of many who watched four contestants chow down on a plate of souse, with Devere Sealy emerging the winner.
Attendees told Barbados TODAY that although the day started off relatively quiet, they were relaxing and anticipated tonight’s performances. Theresa Stuart said she liked the way in which the activities were spread across the park and found the road tennis competition to be interesting.
Tonight’s performers include Lil Rick, STIFFY, Nikita, Marzville, Iweb and Edwin.