JIS News

On Emancipation Day, August 1, the lawns of the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Hope Road will be transformed back to a time, when fairs and not clubs, ruled the social scene.
Indeed, many Jamaicans, who desire to recapture these days of old, turn out in droves to attend the annual Augus’ Fair/Jamaica Nite, a family fixture on the annual festival calendar.
With the melodious sounds of a mento band providing the backdrop to the day’s activities, which kicks off at 11:00 a.m., persons will be able to feast on their favourite traditional foods such as fish and bammy, enjoy donkey rides, and partake of fresh cane juice, which is done on the spot.
Marcia Hextall, Executive Director at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) explains that the fair is more or less the same annual package, promoting “good old time Jamaican family fun”.
“It is geared towards the family. We also have mini concerts, showcasing speech, song and dance performances throughout the day, in addition to a number of competitions and a talent parade,” she elaborates.
However, she discloses that much ado was made about widening the range of available food at the fair to delight the palate of any epicurean. “We usually try to include foods not readily seen. For example, there are different forms of gizzadas from St. Elizabeth, we have one that tastes like sweet bread,” she says.
The afternoon segment of the fair, known as Jamaica Nite, will showcase an hour of festival 2005 performances and also past festival song winners.”It is one of those laid back days when we will have activities throughout the day and games for both adults and children. We want you to come out,” she urges.
Augus’ Fair is the traditional old time Jamaican fair and focuses on the existing conditions at the end of slavery, when the freed persons celebrated being free.