Bushy Park in St Philip was the place to be yesterday for thousands of socaholics looking to have a good ole’ time.
This was clear as many showed up at the racetrack from early afternoon and even braved the periodic rains to watch 18 compete in both the Sweet Soca and Party Monarch competitions.
It was around 5:33 p.m. during the pre-show entertainment, as Joaquin was performing, that clear skies gave way to high winds and dark clouds which brought some scattered showers.
Many people had to run for shelter while others quickly pulled out their umbrellas. There were also brief periods of rain through the night.
Despite problems with transportation last year which left them stranded, both Veronica Reece and Deborah Watkins said there was no place they would rather be yesterday.
Reece recalled: “Imagine the two of us stranded late at night and there were some other young women there too, and we wondered how they would get home.
“I was mad and I said I was not coming back but here I am because I am a Crop Over baby,” Watkins said.
Antoinette Sandiford has been attending the mega-event since the days when the Party Monarch competition was held at East Coast in St Andrew.
This year, however, was extra special because her son Stiffy was among the Party Monarch contestants in the high-energy showdown. Sandiford said she and friend Arleia Brown always packed a blanket so they could watch the show in comfort.
As has been the case for the past six years, Barbadian husband and wife Mark and Margo Cox said they always returned to Barbados during Crop Over to celebrate their anniversary.
They do so with their friends Marcelle Decaille and John Weeks.
For partygoers who didn’t travel with their own food and drinks to Bushy Park, there were plenty options available from various stalls which dotted the racetrack. (TG)